Porsche 996 (Photographer: tonymadrid/Flickr)
It seems like all successful architects in the Netherlands drive a Porsche. For one of them, an Amsterdam-based architect who recently built his own office, the current economic crisis meant he had to sell one of his Porsches. Instead of two, he now only owns one. Also because of the crisis, he had to lay off about half of his staff. His newly built, four story office building now is largely unoccupied.
The twin architects that in their lifetime have built most of Amsterdam Airport, now have managed to be transforming all major railway stations in the Netherlands, this spring bought themselves a centerfold in one of the major Dutch architecture magazines to advertise their office. On the centerfold the architect’s office is shown with the architects and their staff having a party. In the far left corner two cars are parked, two 996 Carrera’s. At a closer look, the license plates of the cars prove to only differ one digit. You don’t buy one Porsche at a time, you buy two. With this crisis, the architects had to let some of their staff go too.
A couple of months ago I had an interview with an architect that earlier this year had went bankrupt. At that time he was trying hard to rebuilt his office. In front of the architect’s office building, an nineteenth century villa, an old Porsche Cayenne was parked. At the bankruptcy he had to let go all of his 165 employees. By the end of the summer he aimed to have rehired half of them.