Akropolis/De Generaal

Block 1a1b, Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam

Client: de Alliantie Huizen | Lingotto Amsterdam
Type: housing 10.871m2, 142 apartments with collective facilities
Location: Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam
Plot: 3485 m2
Fsi: 3,12
Design-completion: 2014-2017
Status: Completed
Designteam: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
Projectteam: Wouter Hermanns, Stijn de Jongh, Joost Maatkamp, Lesia Topolnyk
Images: Peter Cuypers

The location of Zeeburgereiland is special. It occupies a strategic position surrounded by major traffic roads and lies close to the city center. The north side of the island offers exceptional views to Durgerdam.
In the next few years Zeeburgereiland will turn into a completely new urban area. An area with approximately 6.000 houses and district related facilities.

Our location lies on the northern tip of the island close to the slope of the Schellingwouder bridge that marks the corner of Zeeburgereiland. Here we were asked to design 144 apartments spread over two buildings on top of a half sunken garage.

This location inspired us to view the project as a way to articulate and make a heterogeneous ensemble where architectural and urban elements work together.

Instead of following the given mass study from the client we proposed more compact volumes. By making the buildings compact and slender we created more air between the buildings, which ensures stunning views to both the water and the city center.

Seen from the Schellingwouder bridge, the small towers form a striking urban signal that stands out from its surroundings.