26 Housing units in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Housing units in Amsterdam

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The complex should be understood not from the sequence of its elements, but from their interrelationship. In such a beautiful and unique place, surrounded by water on three sides, the project strives to create an impression of openness, distance and lightness. The complex should not appear hard, compact and massive, in the manner of a permanent protective dyke, but seeks, rather to open itself up and- relatively speaking- to melt away.

Josep Lluís Mateo, 1996

Typology: Housing
Competition: 1st Prize
Project: 1996
Construction:  1999-2000
Surface:  5,700 m2
Location: Amsterdam Harbour, Netherlands
Photo: Xavier Ribas, Duccio Malagamba and Daria Scagliola

XV Dragados Group and CEOE Foundation Award of Architecture 2001, 1st prize
Latin American Biennial – Architecture 2002, finalist
Spanish Architectural Biennial 2000, finalist
Project documentation owned by DAM (Deutsches ArchitekturMuseum). Frankfurt, DE

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