Studio Thonik in Amsterdam wins BNA Best Iconic Building Award 2021

Dutch Architects Association (BNA) has awarded design practice thonik’s self-designed and built studio, the winner of ‘Icon and Identity’ category in the Best Building Award 2021.

The jury commented: “It’s taut graphic design makes this building a sculpture in the city. Inside are pleasant spaces with impressive views and a surprising restaurant by a young sushi chef. Details like the bespoke staircase at the center of the building contribute to a unique spatial experience. The jury finds this building a ‘pearl’ and a true icon”.

Competition new BRNO main station won

Very proud to support the team of Benthem Crouwel Architects + West 8 in this successful competition for the new BRNO main station.
Where architecture and structure are inextricably linked; a project that fully matches the passion of SIDstudio.

BCA: “The new BRNO main station is both grand and human, monumental and tangible. Our design combines a straightforward, yet very comfortable platform canopy with a sensual station building.”

Benthem Crouwel Architects
West 8
Royal HaskoningDHV

Studio Tonik nominated ‘Best Building of the year’

The jury chaired by Alexander Pechtold selected 12 projects from 108 entries that are in the race for BNA Best Building 2021. Studio Tonik is one of them. All nominated buildings have a chance to win the jury prize and the public prize.

On 16 September, the jury will announce which building will succeed Forum Groningen as BNA Best Building of the Year, in other words: the building with the most added value for people and society, and for exemplary commissioning.

Maikel Brinkhoff starts internship

Maikel will be one of our interns in the coming period. The internship will primarily revolve around the elevated Lightrail system in South Korea. Fitting to his studies Structural Engineering and Design, Maikel will focus amongst others on the structural behavior, dimensioning and designing concept details. He will also be involved with more practical facets such as the consequences of the building sequence and maintenance strategies.
Next to the Lightrail project, he will work on the development of the modular building system of MDLX projects.

Joost Vos and Arjan Habraken in Manifest TV

In Manifest TV, sixteen architects give their views on climate and inequality. They talk to each other about their ideas. Presenting in this third episode of Manifest TV:

• 0:53 Robert Winkel and Zef Hemel
• 15:01 Irma van Oort, Jos Melchers and Matthijs van Ruijven
• 32:19 Jeroen de Willigen en Anne Koning
• 45:38 Victor de Leeuw, Willemineke Hammer and Coen van Oostrom
• 1:01:22 Joost Vos and Arjan Habraken.


Arjan Habraken was awarded “Structural Engineer of the Year 2020” by VNconstructeurs, KPE Groep, Hoger Technisch Instituut, Building Holland.

The jury looked at the following 4 criteria:
• criterion 1: Innovative and appealing constructions
• criterion 2: Social relevance
• criterion 3: Contributing to and making visible the development in the field
• criterion 4: Contribution to good cooperation within project teams

“This title is for me an extra motivation to continue developing structures with efficient use of resources. As structural engineers we have a large impact on the footprint of projects and therefore should take a leading role in future developments towards circular buildings. The working field of structural engineers must expand, education must change, and research is needed to develop new innovative certified products.
I do hope our paths will cross during this trip.”


After a year of experience Tom has signed his permanent contract at SIDstudio. He graduated at the TU/e on wooden reciprocal dome structures. He made a parametric design tool that included the full engineering and production file for robotic manufacturing. He is keen to develop his skills in timber engineering and learn about digitalization from design to execution. We are very happy to have him on board.


It has been announced that Arjan Habraken of SIDstudio together with Dirk Rinze Visser of Buro Happold have been nominated for structural engineer of the year 2020. This is organised by VNconstructeurs.
On October 29, the winner will be announced by Noortje de Geus of The Hague Engineering Firm.

On that day also will be announced whether Marijn Bruurs (Witteveen+Bos) or Ferdinand van den Brink (Ballast Nedam) will win the prize for Talent of the year.