Capacities of Zuidas
Graduation Project | Architecture & Dwelling
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ype Cuperus (Building Tech.)
John van der Vliet (Climatic)
Joop Paul | ARUP (Structure)
Capacities of Zuidas is not only a dwelling project, but an exercise on a stronger relationship between the building and its place on the urban scheme.
The project focused on the development of different dwelling typologies around an interior courtyard and in one building. In turn this building is part of a larger scheme of 4 buildings, with the criteria that they should not exceed 35m to mediate between the 20m of the Van Eesteren neighborhood and the Zuidas business highrises. This height limitation creates a more comfortable space for cultural and commercial activity to occur, helping to reverse the deadness associated with the office schedule of the area; and proving that Zuidas has the capacity to be more than a business district. The volumetric scheme of all 4 buildings dictates a morphological valley forming the central plaza where this activity takes place. The project developed one of the four buildings, concentrating on interior space arragenment and technical soutions, but not neglecting the larger urban scale.
Part of the urban integration was done through viewing platforms connected by an exterior staircase leading to a roof top cafe, giving a different perspective towards the city; where areas of contemplation are separated from the ground level.
Technically the building responds to the concept of dweller flexibility with its structure and floor construction system. The structure was developed with a combination of loadbearing walls between sleeping rooms for better sound insulation, and columns on the opposite side to allow for future internal expansions.
The infra+ floor system used allows for piping to be accessible and adaptable overtime and to different dwelling conditions. It is combined with radiant flooring, a more efficient solution for heating but without having traditional embedding of the system in concrete, which would otherwise invalidates the purpose of flexiblity for the future.