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AD Classics: WoZoCo / MVRDV

AD Classics: WoZoCo / MVRDV
AD Classics: WoZoCo / MVRDV, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

© Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig © Samuel Ludwig +9

From the architect. The large population density of The Netherlands has created an inherent need for housing, giving young Dutch architects like MVRDV the opportunity to design and build large projects in their mainland.

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

WoZoCo is a prime example of a specific need for housing in the country, providing answers for needs of their time. More on this apartment complex for elderly people by MVRDV after the break.

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

WoZoCo's Apartments for Elderly People open up 100 living units in an area of Amsterdam that has recently been threatened by the loss of green environments and spaces as a response to large increases in density. The solution found in this building is crucial to the firm's interest in being imaginative yet practical.

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Stuck conforming to zoning regulations of the surrounding area, MVRDV calculated that only 87 of the proposed 100 units could fit the restricted footprint due to regulations about daylighting. 

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

From this arose the idea of cantilevering the remaining units on the north facade, to connect to the transparent gallery of the main block found below while also opening up space on the rest of the site.

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Structure is hidden inside the main block, found under the wood sheathing which projects a sense of instability between the connections of the thin walls that comprise the north facade.

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Although striking and very poetic, the gesture created additional costs that had to be handled in shifting and cutting costs in the rest of the project in order to provide enough to pay for the cantilevered units. 

The main block features a more simple layout of seemingly random placement and sizing of windows and balconies on the southern facade. This is said to mimic the composition of the opposite facade but on a smaller scale.

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

The current situation of the Netherlands has allowed many young architects to provide fresh and inventive ideas without having to prove themselves beforehand, which has created an optimistic belief in human imagination and creativity.

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Megan Sveiven. "AD Classics: WoZoCo / MVRDV" 28 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/115776/ad-classics-wozoco-mvrdv/>
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Richie · March 01, 2011

I love the crazy 'literalism' of Dutch architecture.. you wouldn't find stuff like this getting built in many other countries. That said, I wonder how easily the elderly people sleep at night with their entire house cantilevering out into empty space!

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harry · March 01, 2011

It looks like a ghetto. Even for the Netherlands its a strange concept.

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This project is so familiar, because of CAD..

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