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MVRDV / Westerdok Apartments, Amsterdam

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Credits: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
Stefan Witteman, Frans de Witte, Anton Wubben
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Built: 2002-2009
Area: 6.000 m2
Client: O.M.A. (Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Apeldoorn)
Program: 46 apartments and a day-care centre
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This great residential building from MVRDV in Amsterdam’s Westerdok island shows how the good concepts don’t have to be complicated.
Openness as design concept: The minimal amount of materials used, glassThe building with a total surface of 6000 m2 contains 46 apartments and a day-care centre.
Each apartment has a balcony of varying depths which stretch as bands along the entire facade, offering varied outside spaces and views over the western docklands of Amsterdam. The floor-to-ceiling glass façade can be fully opened and contrasts with the other buildings within the so called ‘VOC Cour’ port redevelopment that are mainly made of brick. , steel and concrete, results in maximum openness for the façade.
The urban plan is a closed city block with buildings of differing heights surrounding a central court. After two earlier urban plans failed, the client O.M.A. (Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Apeldoorn) has in fact determined the current urban plan. The MVRDV building is located inside the court with one façade facing the waterfront of the Westerdok.
MVRDV on the official site

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Google Earth sightseeing and location.
It is worth exploring the whole island of Westerdokseiland.


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The apartment building is the part of the new residential area in Westerdokseiland with the highest density in the Netherlands, transformed from the former train depot. Hefty building volumes by MVRDV, Art Zaaijer, Bosch Architecten and JSA stand side by side around the courtyard, the VOC Cour, of the newly developed Westerdoks Island on the southern bank of the IJ waterway in Amsterdam. On Jeff's Adventures in Amsterdam YouTube channel, there is a great video of bicycle ride trough his neighborhood:



Another great 360 panorama of the Westerdokseiland by Henry Smeets:

Westerdokseiland

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