Flashback: KNSM Island Skydome / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter

Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: KNSM-Laan 451, 1019 Zeeburg,
Project Team: Wiel Arets , Elmar Kleuters, Paul Kuitenbrouwer, René Thijssen
Collaborators: Anca Arenz, Ivo Daniëls, Jo Janssen, Maurice Paulussen, Henrik Vuust
Project Year: 1996
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Project Area: 21,400 sqm
Consultants: Cauberg & Huijgen Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, Loveld, Wilma Bouw BV
Client: Wilma Bouw BV

The design consists of four separate but closely grouped towers. The project has has 21 stories, each a level of housing containing five apartments, as well as five penthouses on the highest floor. The tower block stands on the KNSM Island, formerly occupied by the Royal Netherlands Steamboat Company, with a view of in one direction and the waters of the IJ in the other.
© Jan Bitter
The four elements comprising the tower block come into confrontation with the ground plane at different heights. Fluctuating in height with regards to the ground floor level, the elements are designed so as to create a skyline at ground level, and views are afforded through the indoor car park from this level as well.
© Jan Bitter
Cite: Saieh, Nico. "Flashback: KNSM Island Skydome / Wiel Arets Architects" 25 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=257204>
  • ber

    The architects should be sentenced to at least five years living in this bunker. Who in the right mind comes up with such depressingly small windows?

    • Tyler

      FYI, the small square windows are in the bathrooms. All the other spaces have either floor-to-ceiling glass onto a balcony or window bands stretching the entire wall.

      Perhaps you should be sentenced to doing 5 years of research before you comment.