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1-Sep-2010
‘Buurt 9’ forms part of the garden cities west of Amsterdam. It consists of 174 standard small housing units, lo¬cated in three L-shaped buildings and positioned next to a small park. The new design relocates the housing into one compact but impressive volume and regains more space for the park.

The programme includes five towers that are sandwiched between a deck and a series of rooftop penthouses. This creates an open and airy block, and offers different views, from all directions. The semi-public park is raised: a semi-public balcony that overlooks the park. This area becomes a central space for the inhabitants, an outdoor ‘liv¬ing room’. This idea is accentuated by the use of soft furniture, decorative walls, ceiling and floor finishes, plants, and chandeliers. The towers are positioned in such a way that they do not block views from the neighbourhood to the park. They also give all of the apartments in the tower a view to the park and an orientation to the sun. This is achieved by perforating the roof plate in three places.
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This design is repeated in the bottom plate, forming two courtyards that offer light, view and access to the apartments on the first level.

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