Highnote Residential Tower / Studioninedots
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Highnote is a residential tower for starters in Almere and the newest addition to town skyline. For the design, we got here up with a singular characteristic: a triangular plinth that consists completely of ‘city rooms’. They’re intimate, city indoor and out of doors areas, flowing into one another and engaging you to wander via them. Every city room sparks its personal sense of surprise, but all the time leaves its use to your creativeness.
Alongside the perimeters of your entire plot, one steady colonnade contours the city room sequence. Its look is robust but summary, inviting your individual interpretation of the areas it surrounds. Collectively, the city rooms create the gradual transition from the buzzing metropolis to the non-public properties within the tower.
Town of Almere has a shortly rising variety of younger and beginning metropolis dwellers, but there’s nonetheless restricted housing within the metropolis middle. The municipality goals to show the middle extra sustainable, inexperienced and dense. Pedestrians are prioritized: by linking present and future squares and locations with their very own characters and features, a brand new inexperienced strolling strip via town middle is rising.
Till solely not too long ago, there was a stony and barren residual web site, mendacity fallow alongside one of many metropolis axes to the center of Almere. The municipality had the ambition to repurpose the positioning into one in every of these new city locations, merging high quality housing for a variety of starters with wholesome residing area and surprising features that generate new liveliness in public. The plot’s compact, triangular form raised further challenges for this want.
The city rooms inside are new locations to satisfy up, work, loosen up, and examine: they’re areas designed to encourage, fostering you to make use of them as you see match. So, characterful but as versatile as attainable, the city rooms are adaptable to present and future wants.
We conceived the sq. on the west aspect to be clear and open, welcoming the individuals getting into from town middle. This sq., or as we name it the Werf, is about to initially develop into the positioning for artwork installations and public occasions for residents and the neighborhood. In parallel, it can co-function as an outside workspace for adjoining inventive maker areas to be put in inside. Alongside the alley lies the Hof — a contrasting, sheltered area via which new strolling paths with seating components wind. This space brings a luscious inexperienced backyard, offering an area of tranquility and flooding with daylight at sure instances of the day. On high of the decrease, south-facing quantity lies the Dak, a rooftop backyard providing the residents their very own 450m2, inexperienced area to host a party, set up a sports activities class or simply take a break from the hustle and bustle of town. On the base of the tower, is an inner cultural space with workspaces, to which a restaurant́ and restaurant can be added this 12 months.
On high of this public program, the tower quantity accommodates 157 properties of which, for the primary time in Almere, 67 ‘buddies’ flats for 2 sharing tenants. On its outstanding location subsequent to town corridor, Highnote now marks the doorway to the center of town.
The stepped, leaning quantity and signature colour make Highnote stand out in Almere’s cityscape, with a altering silhouette from all angles. We opted for a monochromatic, comfortable pink concrete facade that appears to shift in colour all through the day and soothes the rectilinear grid. Every quantity has its personal facade rhythm, reinforcing the stacked constructing configuration.
The facade is constructed with strong concrete columns with deep, angled recesses that create a play of sunshine and shadow. At road degree, the facade flows easily into the magical colonnade. We applied load-bearing, prefabricated facade components all through, permitting the constructing to be constructed in a decent timeframe and just about scaffold-free. Highnote’s construction permits your entire constructing to stay versatile in its configuration, now and sooner or later.