Lofts by the Amstel
Client: 6 private clients
Type: housing (MO), 1.150 m2 BVO
Location: Amstelkwartier, Amsterdam
Designteam: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei,
Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
Projectteam: Jurjen van der Horst, Coen Smit, Giovanni Lavanna
Contractor: Vink Bouw
Prefab concrete: Bruil
Photography: Peter Cuypers
In Amstelkwartier, four plots of land offered the possibility for people to design and build their own homes in an urban contexts. On block C2, a collective of owner-clients simultaneously developed and designed an apartment block with their own individual apartments. In collaboration with a team comprising an architect, a contractor and a process manager, they achieved the ambition to realize the building including the exceptional details within budget.
The lofts in this building occupy an entire floor of 160 m2; the flexible layouts provide the most opportunities for customisation. The dwellings all have a different character from a family home to a completely open loft.
The owners were free to choose the ceiling height, and could increase or decrease this with multiples of two steps. Studioninedots also designed the interior of the top floor apartment.
A unique quality is that all lofts have a full-height glass facade facing north and south, measuring a minimum of 12-metres wide. The views are phenomenal, spanning over the Amstel River until the city centre. The organic form of the balconies echoes the meandering lines of the park along the canal and represents the movement of water. They have a dynamic appearance from every angle. Planter boxes are integrated into the edge of the slim, white steel balconies.