“One of the most promising practices of the world”

During the short existence of the studio,  Julius Taminiau Architects has been firmly established and was recently selected by Wallpaper* as “one of the most promising practices of the world”.

Julius Taminiau 

Julius Taminiau, founder of Julius Taminiau Architects (JTA), graduated in 2011 at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft.

After his graduation he worked for DSDHA and Carl Turner Architects in London where he developed his love and expertise for craftsmanship, detailing and social engagement.  During this time Julius gained lots of experience at working on various scales and complex projects in “permanent” and temporary architecture, liaising with (high-profile) commercial and private clients and numerous consultants.

Next to architecture, music plays an important role in his life. It started by playing the violin and later on performing as a deejay/producer next to organizing cutting edge parties, combining music and art. Eventually Julius chose for architecture, however he keeps a deep interest in music and art.

More generally, Julius believes that this multidisciplinary interest results in a rich layered architecture. To look for connections with art, music, philosophy, anthropology, nature and even gastronomy and therefore creating a more connected and deeper architecture.


Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution the world became more complex. Industrialisation, globalisation, digitalisation, commercialisation and so on, are changing and have changed the world completely.

In our designs we always try to filter this complexity (and often consequential contradictions) into the pure and essential. In the end architecture is about the improvement of people’s life and environment, as far as architecture can contribute in this. By means of organisation – materials cut out from nature, formed by the natural elements; light, wind, water and fire – but also beauty. The rational and the emotional.

To give – physical and psychological – shelter for both people and nature and protect from, or deliberately expose to the elements; light, wind, water and fire, a design arises.

Our designs are often related to the analogy between music and architecture. Music is organised sound. Architecture is organised light. Music has – like architecture – structure, proportion and composition. Architecture needs – like music – rhythm, melody and soul.

Next to music, philosophy and art – as an inspiration – are very important in our designs, they are the connectors of culturally influenced ratio and emotion. From these rational and emotional starting points arises a prioritised layering.


We like to work on different functions, scales and clients with a strong aim to continuously improve and challenge ourselves and very importantly, reflect. We are known for our meticulous attention to the concept and details of every project.

We work with the newest techniques like 3D modeling combined with laser cutting but we also embrace slow low-tech craftsmanship techniques. In this day and age it’s easy to overcomplicate processes and designs, often resulting in (financially) unfeasible projects. It can be a challenge finding the right balance in using the newest techniques and working with a very slowly innovating construction industry. Therefore we always try to be innovative, open-minded, flexible and adaptable. The studio has innovated, and developed various new materials and construction techniques resulting in a higher quality of architecture and less cost.

After the foundation of the studio in 2015 in Amsterdam worked on various international projects amongst:

  • an “upcycled” 2000 square meter startup village (Amsterdam, NL)
  • a non-profit school (Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • a recording (music) studio (London, UK)
  • a  floating family house & office (Amsterdam, NL)

We have a positive, enthusiastic and problem-solving focus on sustainability whilst keeping a close eye to architecture, or as we like to call it: “sustainable modernism”. In the end most architecture should be built to last for at least 100 years.

We like to believe that good architecture can make people happy. We try to give our projects a certain deeper atmosphere. We believe our multidisciplinary interest contributes to this and is manifested in our minimalist design approach which emphasizes the beauty and relation with: space, time, elements of weather, neutral and natural materials, greenery, art and – very importantly- the users.


In order to deliver the highest quality we believe it’s very important to be involved from the initiation to the completion of a building. This starts with the formation of a highly talented and dedicated “team” (clients, developers, consultants, (sub)contractors, suppliers, manufacturers etc) based on trust. Successful architecture is the condensation of the spirit of people, beauty is the outcome of a unification. We believe trust, communication and complementing each other are the most important factors in a successful design.

Team members : Julius Taminiau, Helena Mokhtar, Veerle Vogels, Jubal Green, Venetia Kollia, Thea Cali, Lee Pinju, Stefani Vozila, Yangwook Kang, Stefan Aldev, Tom Martin, Claire Besset ( current & former )

“Only a compound can be be beautiful, never anything devoid of parts; and only a whole; the several parts will have beauty, not in themselves, but only as working together to give a comely total. Yet a beauty in an aggregate demands beauty in details: it can not be constructed out of ugliness; it’s law must run throughout” Plotinos