explore residential architecture in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the world’s leaders in innovative housing architecture. The growing city becomes denser by building new areas and by infilling former industrial areas. We showcase three interesting residential sights in Amsterdam.
Innovative social housing
Villa Mokum is a home for over 600 students, with both owner-occupied and rental studios. The building is located on the growing area Amstelkwartier, formerly occupied by a water treatment plant. The building won the Amsterdam Nieuwboupris award in 2016. Communal terraces and loggias were added to the voids in the interior corridors to provide light and space. Effectively used special elements were added to break the potentially monotonous rhythms of the facades.
A dense urban sight
The IJDock block is located by the river IJ opposite the EYE film museum. The plan of the IJDock is exceptional: a residential house, designed by the Zeinstra van Gelderen architectural office, forms a sharp triangle in the middle of the rectangular area.
The IJDock area is very rich in architectural details.
NorthOrleans was completed in 2016 and is located in the Amsterdam Noord area. The architecture of NorthOrleans is innovative and of high quality: the balconies of the building are made of corten steel, creating a visually interesting rusty red façade. There are 120 apartments in the building and there are a variety of services provided for the tenants.
The Amsterdam Noord area is developing rapidly. In it’s proximity there are creative offices, as well as an urban food centre.
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