ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] is an architecture firm in Rotterdam, Netherlands, founded by architects and urbanists Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman in 2001.
Leading an international team of designers and planners, van Boxel and Koreman collaborate on designs and research studies in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and landscape design. Realized projects include a waterfront park along the Huangpu River for World Expo 2010 in Shanghai; the park Printemps à Grand Bigard in Brussels; and the Spiegelzee exhibition pavilion, a temporary structure designed to travel to various locations on the Dutch coast. Construction will soon begin on their plan for Almere Duin, a large multiuse coastal district in the Netherlands. In addition to their design work, van Boxel and Koreman have curated exhibitions and published widely, and both teach and lecture at universities and schools in the Netherlands and abroad. They are part of the curatorial team for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 and founders of INSIDE, a new master’s program for interior architecture at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in the Hague. For their cross-disciplinary approach and constant reflection on the thin border between private and public space, the duo received the prestigious Maaskant Prize for Young Architects in 2007.