In collaboration with Frantzen et al we are currently designing a 9 storey apartment block with flexible lofts in Amsterdam North, in the Buiksloterham Area. This area is in transition from an industrial zone to a sustainable living and working environment with more than 3000 apartments being built in the coming ten years.
The municipality does not work with a predefined urban plan and phasing for the Buiksloterham, allowing for a flexible development into a mixed urban area over time. This means that new buildings sometimes pop up between warehouses, empty plots, parking lots and industrial buildings. This is also the case for our site. How does one create residential quality between these urban extremes?