touchdown highrise (with milan seegers)

The brief stated, by analysing a diversity of existing urban programs, to project an urban program on the Zeeburgerpad, Amsterdam. A fragment of this urban scheme formed the starting point for an architectural design. This design asked specific attention for multiple intensive spacial use, what resulted into the following combinaion of functions: dwelling, cultural and creative workspaces, a restaurant, office’s, parking, a recreational park and a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.

The design development showed that the context, the specific place with its sharms and history, but also the opportunities and imperfections, were the most important inspiration sources. Besides this, the design derived his characteristics from the multiple use of space combined with the high level of density.

The ambition for spacial quality aimed obviously to the consistency of the different spaces, but also to the value and appreciation of the total life and work-environment. Due to this ambition the focus in the design lay on combining a high Floor Space Index (FSI=2.0) with an Open Space Ratio as high as possible (designed OSR of 1.5).

This thematical approach of optimizing the landuse resulted in solutions with an unique urban interpretation and a matching architectural expression. The area gets the potential to develop and express a personal image and to attach fysically and spacial to the surrounding city.

The developed model is not based on an existing urban allotment typology. It is a structure that respects the urban density and literally ‘gives’ (public) space. The architectural appearance is not random, but a result of the starting points stated in the urban scheme.