Sjoerd Soeters, from Soeters Van Eldonk Architects, is an architect and urban planner. Under his supervision, large-scale urban projects have been developed. Projects like the Java Island in Amsterdam and Haverleij, a complex of nine castles in Den Bosch.

Critics describe Soeters' designs as populist, a notion that Soeters doesn't contradict. He prefers to build for the general public rather than for his peers. This design mentality, and his continuous revolt against modernism, have earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the Dutch architecture world.

Soeters was asked to design a new city centre for Zaanstad, a town near Amsterdam. For this assignment he sought inspiration in the local Zaanstad architectural vernacular.

Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering
Producer: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Production Assistant: Liselot Francken
Research: Kirsten Hannema
Director: Lieza Röben
Camera: Hans Bouma
Sound: Dennis Kersten
Editor: Niels de Roos
Colour Correction: Maurik de Ridder
Music/Sound Design: Pastelle Music

Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix

Commissioned by DutchDFA

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