- Project Leader : Bas Kegge
- Partner : Jeroen Schipper
- Design Team : Jeroen Schipper, Bas Kegge, Julija Osipenko, Angeliki Chantzopoulou, Paul Kierkels, Rutger Schoenmaker, Fung Chow, Mario Acosta
- Client : Amvest
- Drawing Office : Buro Bim
- Structural Engineer : Goudstikker de Vries
- Installations : Mabutec
- Cost Consultant : VGG Adviseurs
- City : Amsterdam
- Country : The Netherlands
Text description provided by the architects. Like a moored cruise ship, The Line fronts onto the IJ waterway in the Overhoeks district of Amsterdam. Sitting on private verandas behind the refined grid that wraps the building like a veil, residents enjoy views of the water just in front of them and of the city centre. The verandas are real outdoor rooms, with their ceiling design making them feel like an extension of the interior space.
Containing 72 rental apartments, the building is located in the middle of Overhoeks, a dynamic residential and employment area where buildings and greenery alternate with one another in a campus-like setting. Because of the dense development in the district, providing sufficient daylight at street level was a key design objective. Setbacks on the upper floors ensure good daylight conditions on the lower floors.
The identity of the building is determined by a delicate grid of 7-cm-thin balcony railings and 880 super-slim concrete columns. We worked intensively with concrete specialist Hi-Con Nederland to develop the graceful, high-strength balcony panels and columns for The Line.
“The outdoor spaces are vertically connected by a delicate grid of concrete columns that wraps the main volume”
Equally notable is the sustainable range of materials used for The Line, ensuring it will enjoy a long lifespan. Many facade components can be removed and recycled if and when required. The apartments are connected to a shared thermal storage installation, which provides cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. In addition, the shared garden contributes to biodiversity and the wellbeing of the residents.
In addition to The Line, Orange Architects is working on another residential building, called the Bow, in the Overhoeks project area. Construction work on this building, also designed for property developers Amvest, has just started.