Episodes: Powerhouse Company


Edited by Hans Ibelings, Nanne de Ru
With essays by Gay Gassmann, Hans Ibelings, and Mimi Zeiger
Graphic design by Lisa Brustolin

hardcover, 24 x 32 cm, 344 pages

ISBN/EAN: 978-90-832860-0-6

With 18 projects ranging from a chair to high-rise buildings, this book offers a cross section of the recent work of Powerhouse Company, which is based in Rotterdam, Munich, and Oslo. These projects are episodes in the success story of an architectural office that only completed its first building, a villa, in 2007. In three essays, Mimi Zeiger, Hans Ibelings, and Gay Gassmann share their insights on the work and the motivations of Powerhouse Company. Episodes traces how Powerhouse Company’s architecture has evolved while retaining what sets it apart: its attention to craftsmanship and innovation, its generosity, its comfort, and its resolute beauty.



Gay Gassmann

is an American art historian, art consultant and writer based in Europe. She is a contributing editor to Architectural Digest, Vogue Arabia, and AD China and has authored books on contemporary art and artists.

Hans Ibelings

is a Dutch architectural historian in Montreal. He is the author of a number of books on modern and contemporary architecture and teaches at the University of Toronto.

Mimi Zeiger

is a Los Angeles-based critic and curator. She was co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and is visiting faculty at SCI-Arc.


Maria Bodil

is an Amsterdam based creative duo, formed by Lieve Maria Eek and Marthe Bodil Vos. They create imagery, films, and conceptual campaigns.

Sebastian van Damme

is a Rotterdam-based photographer. He is educated as an architect, a background that helps him to understand and capture the beauty of the built and unbuilt environments.

Bas Princen

is an artist and photographer in Rotterdam and Zurich. He studied industrial design and architecture.

Mark Seelen

the founder of Seelen+ in Hamburg, and a visual director for film and photography.

Graphic designers

Lisa Brustolin

is a designer in Rotterdam, working on a variety of two and three-dimensional projects: from logos to books and furniture.



is an Amsterdam-based printing company that serves the most respected individuals and companies within the graphic industry in the Netherlands and abroad. With great love, our team creates beautiful and creative printed matter.


Van Mierlo

is a bookbinder in Nijmegen. The company specializes in finishing complex books in all kinds of designs and formats. Almost everything is done in-house, including for example, the foil print for Episodes: Powerhouse Company.

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