Amsterdamse Nieuwbouwprijs 2020

A beautiful, distinctive townhouse designed by architects platform.archi is on the shortlist for the Amsterdamse Nieuwbouwprijs (Amsterdam New Construction Award) 2020. 

All buildings completed in Amsterdam in 2020 were eligible for the prize. A jury of 50 local people drew up a shortlist of ten for a public vote online. The winner will be announced on 20 June.

Among the shortlisted properties is “De Hallen”, by one of the canals in the historic city centre. From a distance, it resembles two traditional gabled houses, but on closer inspection, the façades’ asymmetrical design and unconventional brickwork become apparent.

The architects, platform.archi, adopted an innovative form of collaboration with the future residents, instead of with a traditional property developer, working directly with them on both the architecture and interiors. The residents of the ten apartments – which range in size from 50 to 200m2 – had a say in several aspects of the building, including the design of the façade.

The façade is designed as a “grid”, and the residents had three options for their sections of it: double glass doors with either a French balcony or a small balcony, or a single glass door with French balcony combined with a closed, bricked section.

The architects and residents chose D23 for the façade. It has a certain kinship with the neighbouring brick buildings, but with bold shades that also make the new one stand out. The residents wanted to reduce the thickness of the walls. As well as standard D23, cut bricks have also been affixed directly to the insulation. A total of 21 different special bricks as well as different bonds with red or white joints have been used.

The result is a striking façade that looks both vibrant and harmonious.

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