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Published on July 18th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse

AR: Floating Architecture in Amsterdam


The new AR, The Architectural Review, is dedicated to AR’s House Awards. The award has two winners, Tsukano Architect Office from Japan and Grupo Aranea from Spain, and 11 other highly commended schemes.

One of these in Waterbuurt-West, a new part of Amsterdam that has been developed in the former Zuiderzee (South Sea). Artificial islands, as you would expect from the Dutch, offer a great location for new floating architecture. The neighbourhood consists of 158 waterside homes, of which 55 are individual floating houses, moored around slender jetties.  The project, by Marlies Rohmer Architects and Planners, reflects the historic relationship with water. The houses in this photo by Luuk Kramer remind of the architecture in the centre of the city, which is emphasized by the clouds that seem to have come from a 17th century painting.

The Architectural Review
Issue 1397 | July 2013
122 pages | English

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.

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