Rotterdam, NL | Amsterdam, NL
The design for Haveneiland (Harbour Island), dating from 2001, is based on a loose mix of street typologies and a maximum share of non-housing program. To emphasize this programmatic framework special buildings are proposed at prominent locations in the urban master plan: the so-called ‘Solids’, a term introduced by Frits van Dongen.
The concept of these generic buildings is based on a neutral floor plan and a spacious section that allows for multifunctional and unspecific use, both now and in the future.
It goes without saying that this idea is not only at odds with Dutch regulations, but also represents a major challenge for our developers and investors, which is the reason the actual realization of the Solids has taken such a long time.
Solid 18 is based on the original concept, supplemented by central neighborhood facilities such as an Olympic sized sports hall and a leisure center. Due to its location next to the park the character of the building therefore become less generic; the addition of the specific program has given it a public character.
The central location on the Ed Pelsterpark makes the building an important link in the intended urban fabric. The heavily accentuated materialization underlines this. The distinct plasticity of the façades, avoiding standard housing construction solutions, and crisp detailing are also a commentary on the – in our eyes – often disappointing work of colleagues in the area.
Location: Amsterdam, NL
My Role: Architect