Rotterdam, NL | Amsterdam, NL
This unusual and atypical complex comprising an apartment block and patio homes is situated in the middle of Joure (Friesland). The apartment block and the homes are distinctive in the first place because of their amoeba-like, apparently free form. Thanks to the flowing shapes and gently curving façade lines, the architecture nestles harmoniously into the context. That soft, unobtrusive form is in fact a very good match for the uncertain status of Joure itself – neither town nor village, Joure is what in Old Friesian is called a 'vlecke'. The design appears to have been based on this lack of clear definition.
The white walls, characterised by a predominance of glass and steel, confer great distinction on the architecture. As the parking facilities are underground (apartment block) or internal (patio homes), the relation between the architecture and its setting is direct and unobstructed. The visual tension that this might evoke is tempered by the flowing shape.
The continuity of the façades, accentuated by the overhanging floors with balcony railings – resulting in fact in a receding façade – gives the buildings an assured, rather distinguished look that is in line with the luxury and comfort that the homes afford. The combination of the continuous form, undulating curves and railings is reminiscent of the design of luxurious Mediterranean sailboats.
Location: Joure, NL
My Role: Architect