'The Whale' residential complex, Amsterdam design by de Architekten Cie

'The Whale' residential complex, Amsterdam design by de Architekten Cie
client: development company New Deal bv, Amsterdam programme: 150 social housing , 64 private housing to rent, 1.100 m2 business accomodation, 179 parking spaces architect: Frits van Dongen project team: A. Mout, P. Puljiz, F. Veerman, R. Konijn, J. Molenaar, A. Moreno, W. Bartels landscape designer: Adriaan Geuze, West 8 Landscape architects bv, Rotterdam contractor: Heijmans Bouw, Almere Stad structural engineer: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Haarlem date of commission: 1995 date of construction: 1998 - 2000 gross surface: 35.800 m2 volume: 100.900 m3
The scale, the angular forms and the zinc façade of ‘The Whale’ residential complex have won it an iconic status in the redeveloped harbour district. It contrasts with the surroundings of low-rise dwellings like a ‘meteorite’ fallen from the skies. The building harbours a great variety of housing and spatial typologies. The block contains a total of 214 apartments, commercial space, a semi-public interior courtyard and an underground car park. The striking sculptural form with its angled top and underbelly ensures that all the dwellings and the courtyard garden enjoy sufficient sunlight, fresh air and open views and generates the requisite variation in housing types. "http://www1.cie.nl"
Source: http://www1.cie.nl
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