Het Kasteel / HVDN

© John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall

Architects: HVDN
Location: Amsterdam,
Design Team: Arie van Der Neut, Albert Herder, Vincent van Der Klei
Project Team: Arie van Der Neut, Albert Herder, Vincent van Der Klei, Monika Pieroth, Pascal Bemelmans
Structural Engineering: Jean-Marc Saurer, Vincent van Der Klei
Client: Hopman Interheem Groep Gouda
Contractor: Heddes Bouw
Project Year: 2004-2008
Budget: € 17.000.000
Photographs: John Lewis Marshall, Luuk Kramer & Jean-Pierre Jans

© John Lewis Marshall © Jean-Pierre Jans © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer


situation plan
situation plan

The Science Park is hemmed in between the Flevopark, the neighborhood of the Indische buurt and the Amsterdam-Almere railway line. Until recently, the site was occupied by allotments alongside research institutes and science and technology companies. The allotments are to be replaced by five new residential buildings situated in a park-like environment of restricted traffic speeds. Car-parking is located within the buildings so the area’s appearance is not defined by on-street parking. As ‘Het Kasteel’ (the castle) stands at the entrance to the project, on the west side facing the city, it acts as its calling card.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer
window exploted axo
window exploted axo


Its location adjacent to the railway lines necessitates a high level of sound insulation and it is this that defines the external expression of the ‘Kasteel’. The building is enveloped in a glazed skin that stands free from the apartment block behind. In order to give the skin a tactile quality, the panels are angled slightly to each other; this artifice lends the building the appearance of a gigantic crystal.

© John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall


The ‘Kasteel’ consists of a 45m high tower standing on a four to five-storey base. It is surrounded by water and pedestrians and cyclists access the internal courtyard via a bridge. The car parking, storage spaces and some of the ground floor dwellings’ living spaces are positioned underneath the courtyard’s half-open wooden deck. The dwellings vary in size: those on the ground floor include a living space just above the water level while those above contain either a balcony or a terrace. The interaction between the apartment block’s recessed elevation and the glazed panels of the building’s skin ensures the entrance building acts as an icon for the Science Park.

Cite: "Het Kasteel / HVDN" 29 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=41979>
  • public eye

    “this artifice lends the building the appearance of a gigantic crystal.” “an icon for the Science Park”.

    They didn’t have to write things like that. It is like a second year student bluffing about the grandiose scheme of his project_ unconvincing.

    The building speaks for its self. I think this is really a great work. I like it. But the writing is like cr_ap.

  • Joshua

    something seems excrescent.

  • arnold

    nothing new, except some technological solutions.

    • zitoon

      you mean very interesting solution. This glass facade is just amazing

  • j

    smells alot like site one – elenberg fraser

  • dg


    H&dM 9 years ago…

    still, ok I guess…

    • gorgos


      Rem Koolhaas, Lille Grand Palais, 15 years ago.

      Still, ok I gues… :)

      • http://www.talkitect.com Lucas Gray

        the H&dM was what I was going to reference but I guess the best even take inspiration from somewhere.

      • dg

        …actually it wasn’t rem, it was the intern…;-)

      • gorgos

        Lol… as always!

  • Js

    achieves high level of sound insulation from glass panel installed with gaps??

  • Greg

    Two facades, sounds like an economical solution to deal with sound…

    Nice result though if the developer is willing to pay for it.

  • WSBY

    beaty in simplicity ………isnt it? very cool building

  • Drew

    really good floorplans!! visitors of this website often forget the importance of that…