Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Four Towers in Osdorp, Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects
September 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Wiel Arets Architects
In Osdorp, southwest of Amsterdam, major changes took place to transform a vacant zone into a residential district connected to the existing housing area alongside it. One part of the residential district is a public garden, Jan van Zutphenplantsoen, where the four towers stand along a newly created water-park. All four towers are sited according to the given urban footprint and take up the maximum envelope, giving a total of 390 apartments evenly distributed over 11 levels.
Three overlaid patterns create an elevation that conveys the internal organization to the outside world. First, an aluminum cladding indicates the separation between the apartments. Second, the mirroring concept of the plan results in a playful façade pattern ranging between alteration and iteration, between standardizing and individualizing. Third, the twofold elements bring about a subtle discontinuation within the unitized surface.
The towers share an underground parking facility lit and ventilated by four enormous voids. By vegetating the roofs of the parking facilities, the complex is made part of the adjoining public garden whose pleasant atmosphere is drawn into the glazed entrance lobbies. As the parking strip and entrance level are less wide than the main mass of the buildings, the cantilevered towers overhang adjacent conditions, both street and water.
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