The location of the residential tower blocks is right on the Nieuwe Waterweg overlooking the water. It was a challenge to give all apartments a good orientation on the sun and a view of the water; the building site was dictated by the urban development plan which left little scope for alteration. Yet, by developing 6 plans and by connecting, we managed to accomplish it, and moreover it generated a variation in apartments and their sizes. The gables of the two towers are a mirror image of each other and consequently, there are 12 different plans with their own qualities for the 60 apartments.
The sculptural buildings constitute a reference point for Rozenburg submunicipality. The cut-outs of the main volumes with their contrasting colour avoid monotony and mark the external space. In this way the functions in the building can be clearly distinguished. The towers are connected by a vegetated green deck with a double function: cars can be parked underneath to be out of sight of the towers, and it is also a publicly accessible park where rainwater is infiltrated. By the orientation of the apartments and the use of materials the energy performance standard is two times better than required by the Dutch Buildings Decree.
This is a project by Maarten Terberg and Daniël Biesheuvel while working at Jorissen Simonetti architecten.
photos: Luuk Kramer
contractor: BM van Houwelingen
installations: Schipper Electro
engineer installations: Mabutec
structural engineer: Stabiel