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Fort Cortina / Karelse & den Besten

  • 01:00 - 20 September, 2011
Fort Cortina / Karelse & den Besten
Fort Cortina / Karelse & den Besten, © Sjaak Henselmans
© Sjaak Henselmans

© Sjaak Henselmans © Sjaak Henselmans © Sjaak Henselmans © Sjaak Henselmans +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tt. Vasumweg 150, Noord 1, 1033 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architects

    Karelse & den Besten
  • Project Management

    TPAGH architecten, Hoorn
  • Client

    Cortina, Amsterdam
  • Contractor

    Klies & Jozef Bouw, Volendam
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. As a graphic design agency we already had a long cooperation with Cortina, a wholesale in gift items, before they asked us to design their new headquarters. It was our first architectural assignment. 

© Sjaak Henselmans
© Sjaak Henselmans

Fort Cortina is built on the premises of the NDSM-wharf, a former shipyard located on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam. In this harsh environment we designed an office and warehouse building that looks like a Morrocan fort. A monolithic structure, rough on the outside with metallized brick walls and smooth on the inside patios that are lined with cedar wood.

© Sjaak Henselmans
© Sjaak Henselmans

The dynamic lay-out of the facades is a reflection of the different rooms that vary in height and size. A result of our intention to make an exciting interior with small and big views over the river. Rooms to hide and rooms to expose.

© Sjaak Henselmans
© Sjaak Henselmans

A commercial building that almost fits like a home. The patios at the hearth of the building are inspired on a monastery tour. A space for reflection and a way to give light to the interior and to create outdoor recreation areas with footpaths on the roof, which is planted with sedum for an optimal indoor climate control.

© Sjaak Henselmans
© Sjaak Henselmans
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© Sjaak Henselmans

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