Four Towers Osdorp

These four housing towers are located in Osdorp, a leafy post-war neighborhood on the southern edge of Amsterdam; it is an area of the city characterized by expansive green space, mature vegetation, and numerous tram and metro connections to ensure its swift accessibility to the city center. The towers, in accordance with their surroundings, seek to blend into their context. They are situated within a newly built park; in this way, their glazed ground floor lobbies overlook only green. A new waterway and multiple new islands separate the towers from a nearby canal. A pathway winds through this string of islands, each connected to the other by newly built bridges. Every tower's parking garage is submerged below the new park, and as such their roofs are vegetated, so that they are a continuation of the neighborhood's much cherished green space. These parking garages are lit and ventilated by four voids. One end of every tower hovers out over the adjacent waterway–toward the islands–while the opposite ends straddle a newly built road, which allows access to the parking garages. A monumental pathway of oversized pavers runs along the edge of the new waterway; this pathway branches off to further encircle the towers and connect the park to the nearby islands. Together, the towers–each 11 stories and one in which all units have balconies–encompass 390 apartments, some of which are for rent while others are only for sale. The layout of tower's floorplans follows a concept in which they mirror, and this is reflected in the playful patterns that adorn each tower's façade.

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