Nearby and yet far away; that is the location of the area Overhoeks within Amsterdam. Within the ring, along the IJ, but also on the other side of the city centre across the river. It is a neighbourhood for individuals who actively enjoy urban life but also desire a place for retreat.
Two means were used to translate the individualistic ideal into a residential building – a refinement of the building contours and elongated balcony slabs. The building contour has a number of setbacks, increasing space and views upwards. This gives a feeling of freedom and luxury. The indentation of the façade line gives a terraced design that works as a refinement of the given building envelope.
The balcony slabs have different lengths, depths and balustrades so that, together with the terraces, an almost endless diversity of apartments is created. Residents can point out their own home and identify themselves more easily; psychological factors that are very important in creating a personal bond with a place. This provides an answer to the question of facilitating the individual within a relaxed, green and healthy living environment.