This apartment building rises in the heart of Amsterdam and is part of a general redevelopment project that took off twenty years ago. Boxed in between alleys and hidden in the dense mass of historical constructions, the block addresses the unique surroundings through its facades looking in three different urban directions. In them the most prominent feature is their outer skin, a veil simultaneously concealing and showing a varied, complex interior. Formed by modular elements, this skin is built with aluminum trays perforated with a rigorous geometric pattern (the envelope is formed by 48,000 hexagons), thanks to a robotized arm cut by laser. The modules covering the windows are operable, so that, depending on climate or illumination requirements, the envelope can be opened to trap solar radiation (fundamental in Amsterdam’s dark center) or work like a lattice providing shade and protecting the privacy of the residents.
Edificio residencial Tussen de Lakens Tussen de Lakens residential building.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 146, Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Housing Cooperation de Key.
120.000 euros (fachada facade).
Abbink X de Haas Architects, www.abbinkxco.nl
Diseño de fachada Facade design
Studio Chris Kabel, www.chriskabel.com; BAM.
Fabricación de la fachada Facade manufacturing
Coordinación de proyecto Project coordination
Fool on the Hill.
Hans Peter Follmi.