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Westerdok Apartments / MVRDV

  • 01:00 - 3 March, 2009
Westerdok Apartments / MVRDV
Westerdok Apartments / MVRDV

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From the architect. Dutch architects MVRDV shared with us their latest housing project.

Photographs by Rob't Hart

The building which has just been completed with a total surface of 6000 m2 contains 46 apartments and a day-care centre. Each apartment has a balcony of varying depths which stretch as bands along the entire facade, offering varied outside spaces and views over the western docklands of Amsterdam. The floor-to-ceiling glass façade can be fully opened and contrasts with the other buildings within the so called VOC Cour port redevelopment that are mainly made of brick.

The urban plan is a closed city block with buildings of differing heights surrounding a central court. After two earlier urban plans failed, the client O.M.A. (Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Apeldoorn) has in fact determined the current urban plan. The MVRDV building is located inside the court with one façade facing the waterfront of the Westerdok. The project started in 2004 and is currently one of the nominees for the Amsterdam Architecture Award.

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Jason · December 08, 2014

The spatial experience must be terrible

mahnam · March 14, 2014

:) like

Darren Graves · December 08, 2011


tiara · June 26, 2010

this is awful... this is what an architect shouldn't do

gg · July 16, 2009

bad to the bones.

there is one apartment that you can actually play one of those tv shows where you choose a door...there are at least 5 or 6 of them in a tiny space!


jb · July 15, 2009

plan bashers,
i agree there are some awkward moments here. could one of you post a link to a similar project with a more successful floor plan?

Luc · July 15, 2009

nothing new

ivo · June 25, 2009

very compact and flexible! and 6 apartments each floor is not bad at all!! the biggest apartment is weird..

2MACoff · June 14, 2009

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3yyo · June 13, 2009

nothing new

Valton · May 28, 2009

Looks cool outside, inside like some middle appartments in Russia

Bo Lucky · May 12, 2009

I definitely agree with comments regarding the floor plan and elevation design. It's just poor. My concern however is about safety of people living therein. In case of fire, this building appears to be a death trap... was the design reviewed by a fire commissioner?

Spuciellamento · May 12, 2009

Floorplans are without furnitures, because a choice of representation, if you are not able to understand this simple thing, just give up architecture.
They tried to provide high flexibility and for what I see, I think they achieved the result. Nowadays, flexibility is one of the main aims in dutch housing...
However, I agree that the floorplans are really simple and aren't so amazing in terms of design.

Tania · March 31, 2009

I have about 5 professors that would rollover and die if I turned this in as a proyect.

jiri k. · March 07, 2009

The floor plans are VERY bad. Facade is just a formal play.

ArchThai · March 06, 2009

floor plan are not that terrible

Nico · March 06, 2009

The floorplan are so bad, it's terrible!
The worse are the very long or dark corridors and no closet.

rob · March 06, 2009

I think it's pretty awesome. Spatious appartments with a very separate logic to sleeping/private and public/livingroom.

Troy Lemieur · March 05, 2009

Those linear kitchens and 6 different closets in a row give me heartburn. The concept of randomly extruded decks could have translated into the building and influenced the floor plans on a more directly relating level, too.

teefortwo · March 04, 2009

the floorplans are great.
This is good combination between compact, necessary units and the great wide open conected with the fullsize windows.

Tuf-Pak · August 11, 2009 06:43 PM

I agree... I think the plans (while not earth shattering) are absolutely reasonable.

I have no idea what the complaint is? Those who dislike the floorplan layouts, tell us why you feel they're so poor? I'm interested .

monolink · March 04, 2009

I agree. Terrible floorplans.

strokitecture · March 04, 2009

agreed. plans are not so hot.

JoftheBx · March 04, 2009

Pretty weak. if this went up in my neighborhood - i'd be depressed.

Btw - Do the dutch not need closets...

odris · March 04, 2009

the internal distribution is very bad


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