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The Twins : Housing Sciencepark, Amsterdam

New Residential Building, The Netherlands – design by 24H > architecture

12 Jun 2008

The Twins – Science Park Amsterdam

The Twins Housing, Caroline Mc Gillavrylaan, Amsterdam
2007-
Architect: 24H > architecture

The Twins Amsterdam

The Twins Amsterdam

Within in de urban scheme of KCAP – Kees Christiaanse for the Science Park in Amsterdam, 24H>architecture was commissioned to make a proposal for one of the five housing projects, called ‘the Twins’. The location is situated between the Oosterdingdike and the Caroline Mac Gillavrylaan.

24H’s proposal for the two apartment blocks, 18 and 15 storeys high, house a total of 87 dwellings. Two L shaped volumes slide under each other and are connected through a plinth containing housing and parking. The smaller west tower sits flush upon the east tower, opening up views to and creating the entrance from the dike and the street, as well as providing access to the parking. The east tower is standing on the ground and allows direct access to the houses on street level. Its main entrance and lobby establish a visual connection between the dike and the Caroline Mac Gillavrylaan, with vertical circulation located in the middle.

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The facade is made up of a fine grid of slate and glass. Variations in colour from brown to grey as the towers rise connect the building to the elements: brown at the bottom, where the towers root up from the ground; and grey towards the top giving the impression of fading away into the air.

The skin tapers outwards at specific parts of the towers to create a noise barrier due to the nearby railway.

Housing Sciencepark Amsterdam – Building Information

Client: Heddes Vastgoed, Hoorn
Reference client: Mr. Paul Nijhout
Architect: 24H > architecture, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Programme:
Site address: Caroline Mc Gillavrylaan, Amsterdam

Design 2005-07
Completion 2009
Floor area 11.000 m2
87 apartments & parking garage

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Design:
Maartje Lammers, Boris Zeisser
with:
Fieke Poelman, Sandor Marks, Sabrina Kers, Susan Hoekstra, Olav Bruin, Saman Saffarian, Jacopo van der Horst, Nora Rittmüller, Marie Allard Latour, Ben de Lange, Klasien Visser, Bruno Toledo

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