BUILDINGS IN AMSTERDAM
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Oostelijke Handelskade, Amsterdam
PUBLICATIONS:Cement 1999-1; Bouw 2000-2; El Croquis 1999-94; Bauwelt 1999-20; E. Koster, Th. van Oeffelt - Hoogbouw in Nederland 1990-2000, 1997; Aan het Werk/At Work, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, 2003
Urban Design Borneo/Sporenburg
The IJ-toren or Y Tower nestles in the crook where the quay of Oostelijke Handelskade meets the dam connecting it to KNSM-eiland (Verbindingsdam) and marks the new residential district. Sixty metres tall, the tower contains 68 apartments in 16 different types. The rectangular volume has a variety of incisions cut in it, giving it a monumental, sculptural aspect. A plinth-like horizontal volume given over to shops and parking is on axis with a retained former warehouse (Brazilië) also containing shops. The tower is clad with fibre cement sheeting picked out vertically by aluminium cover strips, with reddish-brown timber panels for the incisions.