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De Prinsendam Amsterdam : Architecture

Dutch Development – design by Tony Fretton Architects

19 May 2011

De Prinsendam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Design: Tony Fretton

De Prinsendam
photo © Christian Richters

De Prinsendam Amsterdam

Fitting within the Masterplan for a new residential neighbourhood to the North of Amsterdam, the project forms a courtyard with the adjacent Alvaro Siza block that faces the river.

The careful massing, stepping of the upper levels and rhythm of the stonework simply address the courtyard and wider view in a calm, honest way. The Dutch ideal has been embraced and used to great effect. Financially, the project is, by UK standards, extremely low budget at just over 1000 Euros M2. This is achieved by questioning every single component to decide whether it is needed in the building, and being ruthless about these omissions. What this achieves is a sense that everything has to pay for itself and prove its validity which is very refreshing.

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photos © Christian Richters

De Prinsendam – Building Information

Architect: Tony Fretton Architects
Executive Architects: Geurst en Schulze Architekten bv
Client: ING Real Estate
Contractor: Ingenieursbureau Zonneveld
Structural Engineer: Ingenieursbureau Zonneveld
Services Engineer: Halmos Adviseurs Installaties
Contract Value: 11 million euros
Date of completion: Feb 2010
Gross internal area: 10,700 sqm
Location: Overhoeks 1, 1031 CC Amsterdam
Project Team: Tony Fretton, Jim McKinney, David Owen (Project Architect)

De Prinsendam images / information from RIBA

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