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Koningin Wilhelminaplein, Amsterdam
Frits van Dongen
PUBLICATIONS:de Architect 1993-6; Archis 1993-8; M. Kloos - Amsterdam Architecture 1991-93, 1994; Jaarboek 1991-1992; T. Verstegen - Rudy Uytenhaak, architect, 1996
These three housing projects, a quintet of residential tower blocks by Frits van Dongen, three slabs of apartments by Kees de Kat and a trio of ten-storey 'urban villas' by Rudy Uytenhaak, have their roots in a masterplan drawn up by the council in 1988. Van Dongen has tried to avoid chubbiness by erecting his blocks out of four corner towers in different colours. The slabs are set obliquely so that all units look out onto the adjoining green space. Finally, the facades of the urban villas are rotated away from the orthogonal structure to face towers and slabs alike.