The building marks the exposed Northwestern corner of the Amstelkwartier, a former industrial site transformed into a housing area. Here, two urban scales are meeting – the extensive landscape along the Amstel river and a series of urban streets defined by buildings and railroad infrastructure. The architectural identity of the building reflects the encounter of both contextual conditions.
Corresponding with the landscape scale, the river façade combines six generous balconies into three frames of plastic expression which contain a series of shifted, short brick walls with perpendicular orientation in relation to the façade, guaranteeing unobstructed view from inside out while complying with the masterplan’s requirement for the presence of brickwork in all the public facades. By contrast, in a playful reversal between open and closed, the urban street façade takes up the tectonic pattern of shifted brickwork planes, itself a reflection of the logic of brickwork texture. The architectural logic of this non-loadbearing façade is to give expression to the technically necessary expansion joints.