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ARCHITECTUURGIDS.NL / ARCHITECTUREGUIDE.NL
Silodam 200-459, Amsterdam
Jacob van Rijs
Nathalie de Vries
PUBLICATIONS:Archis 2002-3; de Architect 2002-4; El Croquis 1998-86; Werk, Bauen + Wohnen 1999-2, 2002-6; Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 2002-7/8; Bauwelt 2002-18/19; Architecture + Urbanism 2002-11; El Croquis 2002-111; Architectural Record 2003-3; Jaarboek 2002-2003
A welter of dwelling types plus commercial space and public areas join forces in this compact urban block. The block’s size refers to the huge port buildings in the vicinity. The dwellings vary in size from one- to five-room apartments; in height and depth from double-height penthouses to narrow, deep units squeezed in-between; and in means of access from a central corridor between flats to gallery and porch access types. This diversity is expressed in the facade by differences in fenestration, materials and colours. A large recess scooped from its centre reveals that the building is largely standing in the waters of the IJ.