(1947) is one of the leading architects in the Netherlands. Soeters became known in the 1980s for his brightly coloured and exuberantly styled buildings. The Circustheater in Zandvoort is the best known example of his early designs. In the 1990s his buildings became less exuberant, urban development taking an increasingly important place. In his designs he attempts to return to the intimate atmosphere of countrylife in the 1950s. His design for the castle Haverleij in Den Bosch is an example of this. In 1979 he founded his own agency with his wife Merle Soeters-Steffels. When Jos van Eldonk entered the partnership in 1997 the name was changed into Soeters Van Eldonk Architects. Between 1995 and 1996 he was a professor at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. Java Island in Amsterdam is another of Soeters' well-known designs.(W2008)
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Part 2 of the programme lasting a whole evening in the main hall of the theatre, on the imagination of hope. After science literature & architecture are next: does art offer hope? From their own disciplines writer A.F.Th. van der Heijden and architect Sjoerd Soeters will react on this question. Van der Heijden turns our times into a myth, he allows the present to evolve into a universe in which the world of the gods plays a role as well. Soeters gained renown in recent years because of the Haverleij, near Den Bosch, a complex of castles that links up with a new need for safe surroundings. Which expectation for the future emanates from his work? Interview by Michaël Zeeman. In Dutch.