HOUSING THE SPHINXES
NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK, 1994-1996; 2003, Harderwijkerzand, Gooimeerpromenade, Huizen
Willem Jan Neutelings
This complex of 152 residential units looking out across the waters of Gooimeer consists of two associated projects. The first to be built ranges housing blocks along a lakeside boulevard. Its slate-clad exterior is dominated by the horizontal panorama windows giving a wide-screen prospect of the lake. The second sites five sculptural apartment buildings half on the boulevard, half in the water. For these aluminium-clad ‘sphinxes’ rising sharply towards the water, the view, once again, is of overriding importance. Terraces nestle in the sloping roof plane; the heads differ slightly in design.