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de Albatros / HVDN

  • 01:00 - 9 December, 2009
de Albatros / HVDN
de Albatros / HVDN, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© John Lewis Marshall © Luuk Kramer © John Lewis Marshall © Luuk Kramer +17

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

  • Design Team

    Albert Herder, Vincent Van der Klei, Jean-Marc Saurer
  • Project Team

    Albert Herder, Jean-Marc Saurer, Rodger Van Leeuwen
  • Structural Engineering

    Jean-Marc Saurer
  • Client

    Van Der Waal, Vlaardingen
  • Budget

    € 18.100.000
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Location

The area around the van Hasseltweg in Amsterdam Noord is to be developed, setting large urban scale projects amongst the existing small ‘garden-village’ housing estates. The planning activity is concentrated around the location of the new noord/zuidlijn metro station and the Albatros is the first of the projects to come on stream.

© John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall


The most important challenge in designing the Albatros was reconciling the confrontation between the scales of the new large developments and that of the surrounding housing. In order that the building would not act as a huge barrier within the neighbourhood, it was decided to ‘break it up’ by dividing it into four tower-like fins arranged on a base or plinth.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

This plinth contains all the commercial and community orientated services and is equal in height to the neighbouring structures. The 130 dwellings are housed in the four fins above. The internal layouts and the elevational treatment allow for different typologies to be stacked above each other. The fins also ensure that every dwelling has a corner aspect to make optimal use of the available views and daylight. The building as a whole has the appearance of a large scale sculpture.

© John Lewis Marshall
© John Lewis Marshall


At ground level, the entrances to the residential accommodation are designed as visual links between the street and the internal gardens. These links, combined with the relatively shallow depth of the plinth, allow sunlight to reach the north side of the building while simultaneously reducing the perception its overall length.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

Communal moss and lichen gardens are planted between wooden terraces to the south of the building with openings in the ground allowing daylight to filter through to the garage below. At night these areas are illuminated atmospherically by suspended coloured lamps. The corridors to the lift and the stairwells flank the gardens increasing their impact within the development.

Site Plan
Site Plan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "de Albatros / HVDN" 09 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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ShiftA · December 14, 2010 le steakhouse! #archdaily

faiegh · March 23, 2010

reminds me the Steven Holl's FUKOUKA HOUSING...but the poor version...

sarah · December 13, 2009

I'm interested in arch daily .

Paula · December 13, 2009

very good!

Seiji · December 13, 2009

so where are these internal gardens they're talking about?

fmH · December 11, 2009

may be it is too big, considering surrounding.. but i still like it...

Bo · December 11, 2009

very poor style. Archdaily join this proj to selected works. I don understand.

nick · December 10, 2009

I concur, big time.
Imagine this under the usual lead grey skies of Holland, with the usual drizzle...

Especially when comapared with this housing development in Rotterdam:

The J · December 11, 2009 02:38 PM

It's actually not at all depressing. Even when seeing it "under the usual lead grey skies of Holland"...
It is a good project, fitting the site and area very well.

PS.: and no, I do not work for HVDN...

INawe · December 11, 2009 11:46 AM

Nah... don't like either development. Your article's project is too New Urbanism for my liking. How about something more contemporary?

hafiz fazillah · December 10, 2009

i concur

gbot · December 10, 2009

looks a little depressing


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