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Wiel Arets Architects

Wiel Arets Architects

Amsterdam, NL | Maastricht, NL | Z├╝rich, CH

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Four Towers Osdorp

Built at the edge of a new park and small lake in the southwest of Amsterdam, the four slab-like towers each cantilever out over the public street, allowing the street to pass under the building at the entry, and they cantilever over the lake at the other end, where they face the park. Between the four towers, the naturally-lit and ventilated parking is placed underground, with plantings on the roof so that the landscape of the housing site is joined with that of the public park, and the glazed entry lobbies are experienced as being surrounded by nature. Unlike typical low-cost housing, the plans of the 11-story towers allow a wide variety of layouts, with the apartments able to be mirrored and shifted. Each apartment has covered outdoor patio that can be opened across the width of the living room, and in some cases, the living rooms are extended vertically into a double-height space. The façades of the four towers present the subtle overlapping patterns of the domestic spaces inside.

Location
Jan van Zutphenstraat
1069 RS Amsterdam
the Netherlands

Program
Housing

Size
59.000 m2

Date of design
2002-2007

Date of completion
2010

Project team
Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Mai Henriksen, Jacques van Eyck

Collaborators
Arthur Claassens, Phillip Dirix, Harold Hermans, Rob Willemse

Client
Bouwbedrijf M.J. De Nijs en Zonen BV, Fortis, Rochdale, Eigen Haard

Consultants
Van Rossum Ingenieurs BV, Wetering Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Hiensch, Bouwbedrijf M.J. De Nijs en Zonen BV, Permasteelisa

 
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Status: Built
Location: Amsterdam, NL
My Role: Architect

 

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