Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2008
SCHUTTERSTOREN WINS AMSTERDAM NEW BUILDING PRIZE 2008
For the second time, the residents of Amsterdam have voted for the most beautiful housing project of the past year. Mayor Cohen announced the winner during a live TV broadcast of AT5 in the theater of the Amsterdam Public Library. He awarded the prize to the client Stadgenoot and Proper Stok, architectural firm DKV Architecten, contractor VBK Hoorn and the residents of the Schutterstoren. The Schutterstoren is located on the Oeverpad on the edge of the Sloterpark in the Osdorp district and is part of the Meer en Oever renewal plan. The residential tower contains 54 owner-occupied homes, varying in size from 81 to 187 m2. Architectural firm DKV Architecten called it an almost impossible assignment to design a 'landmark' on the Sloterplas, which should not be higher than 12 floors. They opted for a compact concrete core with a steel construction, a choice that is very unusual in residential construction. The cylindrical building is related to the archetype of the water tower. The tower stands on a mound in which the parking spaces are hidden. The residential tower is praised for the beautiful view, the location in the greenery and on the water, the luxurious finish and the futuristic appearance.