Albino Alligator / Maxwan

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Architects: Maxwan
Location: , The Netherlands
Partner in Charge: Hiroki Matsuura
Project Leader: Nobuki Ogasahara
Project Team: Artur Borejszo, Jason HIlgefort, Nara Lee, Michiel Raats & Rene Sangers
Client: NAi + Ymere + City of Amsterdam
Program: Housing, Office, Fitness, Public program, Park
Site Area: 17 ha
Total Floor Space: 8700 m2
Photographs: Courtesy of Maxwan

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The Albino Alligator is a progressive live/work development to initiate Buiksloterham’s regeneration in Amsterdam North. It is named for its shape, materiality and its catalytic affect on the urban environment.

The Albino Alligator goes beyond standard mixed-use typologies. It proposes an intense mix of programs and environments and therefore a wide variety of uses. It is composed of five buildings: a workspace / public building (the head), a strip of row houses (the body), a residential tower (leg 1), an office tower (leg 2) and a fitness club (tail). Every building is shaped upon the spatial and structural needs of its specific program.

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The buildings silver/grey appearance, composed of metal, concrete and glass, is inspired by the timeless industrial no-nonsense architecture in its surrounding. Choices are made for practical reasons: heat shielding, light gain, cost efficiency, low-environmental burden in the production process, durability and changeability.

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The park is a “white-scape”. Gentle bumps create an atmosphere of ponds and dunes. The grainy surface allows the rain water to slowly soak into the ground, preventing rapid runoff, and optimizing biodiversity. The overall white treatment of the surface keeps the building and ground level air cool. It also reflects bright atmospheric light into the working and living spaces.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Albino Alligator / Maxwan" 01 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=80014>
  • MPArch

    Looks cool! But there’s no way that’s structurally sound; or at least the way they’re depicted in the renderings..

    • engineer

      Structurally okay. We can built it. The question is,” is it worth building it?” since the design is not so cool in my opinion.

  • thiago

    is there a superdutch postmodernism revival trend?

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    Nice research and perfect final solution… I like this suspended part of the conposition…

  • booh

    Q: So where did you live again?

    A: You know that giant building that freakishly looks like an alligator…

    Q: Oh. I think I’de rather not come over…

  • andre

    “The Albino Alligator goes beyond standard mixed-use typologies. It proposes an intense mix of programs and environments and therefore a wide variety of uses.”…. wow I can really see it!