City Icon Kop Grasweg

Buiksloterham, Amsterdam Noord

Client: Amvest
Type: Housing, 121 dwellings and 1.000 m2 facilities
Location: Grasweg, Buiksloterham, Amsterdam
Plot: 1,060 m2, 12,000 m2 GFA
Design-completion: 2016-2018
Status: Design development (Competition, 1st prize)
Designteam: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
Projectteam: Joost K├Ârver, Joost Maatkamp, Lesia Topolnyk
Images: Studioninedots / Lesia Topolnyk
Contractor: Hurks Bouw

Buiksloterham in Amsterdam North is currently being developed into a sustainable neighbourhood for living and working. Within a year, 350 private and rental apartments and 3800m2 of commercial space will become available at the southernmost part, Kop Grasweg. The plan of Kop Grasweg connects with Cityplot Buiksloterham on the other side of the Tolhuiskanaal. The structure, diversity and small-scale architecture that characterise Cityplot Buiksloterham will be extended towards the IJ.

Kop Grasweg comprises three characteristic parts: a section that will be developed according to the Cityplot concept; the City Waterfront on the IJ; and the multistorey

building at the canal called City Icon. This largest and highest structure will function as a prominent landmark for the area.

We set ourselves the challenge to design an apartment building that has no distinct front or back facade, appears different from every perspective and connects to the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Instead of creating one huge, solid volume, we designed two slim towers that merge underneath into a podium with terraced apartments. of the surrounding buildings to the two towers. All apartments in the podium feature spacious roof gardens with a sunny orientation or facing the Tolhuiskanaal.