Buildings are designed to protect us against forces of nature, forming a shelter from wind, rain, and heat. We are wondering, do natural phenomena also offer opportunities for new, interactive forms of architecture?

In September 2015 designer Jólan van der Wiel and Benthem Crouwel Architects started Forces for Architecture – a research lab that explores how natural phenomena can serve the built environment. Various experiments have been conducted in the lab, resulting in conceptual models, materials and 'building skins’ that respond to natural forces. The outcomes of the lab will be presented on this website by the end of May 2016.

Forces for Architecture is an ongoing research project. Feel free to contact us if you have questions, ideas or want to join the project.


Jólan van der Wiel
+31 63 397 47 51

Benthem Crouwel Architects

+31 20 642 01 05



Forces for Architecture was co-funded by the Creative Industries Fund NL & Mondriaan Fonds