Amsteldijk B.V.






office space

OKRA landschapsarchitecten

Play-Time Barcelona


On one of the most prominent points for the city of Amsterdam, Dam and Partners Architectsis called to redevelop an office building on the Amstel river. Recognizing the potential and value of the location, the municipality calls for a monumental development, a focal point for the neighborhood and the city. With that in mind, and committed to our values of sustainability, we came forth with the idea of a timber pavilion in the park.

Undisturbed circulation through the ground floor was one of the key elements of our design approach. To facilitate traffic in the park, while also minimizing the visual impact of the volume, we updated the footprint to a more tapered, streamlined version that follows the flow of the users in the park. Moreover, for more permeability and accessibility, we introduced a generous, double-height space through the center of the building, connecting the park with the intersection of Utrechtsebrug and President Kennedylaan.

To further break up the volume , the building is shaped with setbacks, creating terraces on the river side. Aside from the terraces, for the wellbeing of the users, balconies are introduced around the entire volume, so that every office has access to an outdoor space. The balconies are supported by an independent structure of thinner, cross-profiled timber columns, similar to a scaffold, highlighting the idea of the building being a pavilion in the park. The principle of terraces continues all the way to the top floor, where the most extensive terrace is home to a restaurant overlooking the Amstel. A unique space that lends itself to a special dining experience and a true terrace for the city. The landscaping of the terrace follows the same principles as the park, for cohesion as well as being a link in the nature inclusivity chain.

Our commitment to timber is not just structural, this building is conceived as a fully timber building, reflected on the facade as well as the in interior .Apart from the wooden scaffolding and structure, the materiality of the façade is completed with black enamel steel ribbons that flow through the length of the balustrades, giving an air of continuity and horizontality to the whole building. In the interior+ wood is used as the primary material, cladding the circulation cores and being extensively used in the lobby/passage through the building. To further distinguish the passage, we designed a sculptural wooden ceiling, made with a composition of louvers, that attracts but also guides the user through the building and into the landscape. From structure to ornament, this building is conceived as an emblem of timber construction for the city of Amsterdam.

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