Block 7 + 9
Almere

Project Data
Commission

Client
Almere Hart CV:
Bouwfonds MAB, Euro Woningen
Completion
2007
Program
54 apartments
3,900 m2 cafes and retail space
Site
0.3 ha
Building costs
EUR 10,000,000

Project overview
In 25 years the new city of Almere has grown from nothing to more than 160,000 inhabitants. By 2010 the population is expected to reach 250,000. This projected growth has required the creation of a new city centre, masterplanned by OMA.

S333 was commissioned to design Block 7+9, known as ‘The Angle’, which occupies the northwest edge of the OMA masterplan. It is surrounded by different flows of movement and complex changes in level, each serving different needs.

The building frames public spaces and terraces, shields residents from the sound of traffic and unsightly servicing and connects to the lower street network. Since the masterplan is built on a podium, one end of the building sits comfortably in a pedestrian area while the other is raised on columns, with cars passing underneath.

At first glance the project looks like a simple glass box tucked between the new and existing fabric. In fact, it is working very hard to mediate between the old and new city fabric, between fast and slow city movement, and between the lower parking level and the raised shopping decks.

Close inspection building reveals that the unifying metal-framed glazing is of different patterns and orientations, reflecting a variety of uses requiring shop fronts and signage, private balconies, winter gardens and sound barriers.


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