Textual content description offered by the architects. The Apollolaan is a outstanding inexperienced avenue in Amsterdam’s south district, inside a singular neighborhood outlined by Berlage’s structure from the early twentieth century, and the enduring Hilton Resort by the Dutch modernist H.A. Maaskant. Within the late Nineteen Eighties, the JP Morgan Financial institution organized a design competitors for its new workplace situated at a nook website alongside the Apollolaan. The monolithic design by Wim Quist with a largely opaque façade – suiting the safety wants of the financial institution – was favored in opposition to different competitors entries, together with that of OMA. Because the constructing reworked from the house for a single monetary establishment into rental workplaces within the subsequent years, the unique design might not meet the brand new purposeful wants, or the anticipation of the tenants to work in a extra open work setting related with the neighborhood.
Commissioned by Kroonenberg Groep, Apollolaan 171 replaces the unique financial institution constructing with an open and tactile design: a clear glass façade alongside the Apollolaan marks the up to date workplace’s inviting character; a brick façade dealing with the Titiaanstraat integrates it with the neighborhood’s historic structure.
The type of the five-story constructing is a literal translation of the unique JP Morgan financial institution’s envelope. Contrasting materiality provides the structure a twin character. Interlocking glass volumes resembling a 3D Japanese jigsaw puzzle – dimensioned to match the size of the close by buildings – kind one aspect of Apollolaan 171. The glass brings in considerable gentle and extends Apollolaan’s greenery into the workplace inside. On the nook, the volumes develop into smaller and the bottom ground is about again, forming a pleasing entrance plaza.
On the aspect dealing with the Titiaanstraat, the constructing is cascaded and clad with custom-designed bricks. Interwoven, these bricks evoke the historic housing within the space by means of scale, shade, and tactility. The constructing’s kind has resulted in a number of terraces: a roof backyard that serves as a leisure house for workplace customers, and platforms for photo voltaic panels and rainwater assortment. Inexperienced marble is used as the first end materials for the foyer and the principle circulation core, in sync with the plush vegetation alongside the Apollolaan.
Apollolaan 171 sits on the preserved basement parking house of the JP Morgan financial institution and reuses the unique constructing’s basis. Tracey Emin’s “The Extra of you the Extra I like you” – the flamingo pink neon signal as soon as put in on JP Morgan financial institution’s opaque exterior wall – is prominently displayed alongside the automobile park driveway, remaining seen to passers-by by means of Apollolaan’s new glass façade.