Australians are familiar with the desire to live near the water – it’s another thing entirely to literally build on the water.
Amsterdam has taken the concept of waterfront living to the extreme with its latest housing development proposal.
The Sluishuis complex, which has just been given the green light, will be a modern take on a courtyard building but with a twist.
One side of the uniquely-shaped floating structure will face the busy Amsterdam CBD, the other will open out to a view of the waterfront that surrounds the famous city.
The 380 apartments will surround a common courtyard which is accessible from the mainland from a bridge pathway and will be surrounded by floating gardens and mooring stations.
Toward the water the block is lifted up, forming a large opening that brings water from the IJ Lake into the courtyard and brings daylight and views to the complex’s inner apartments.
The building will include floating gardens, terraced gardens, 360 degree views of the water from every apartment and all with solid green credentials.
“The world famous urban environment of Amsterdam was created by the fusion of water and city”, says architect Andreas Klok Pedersen of design firm BIG.
“The new Sluishuis is born of the same DNA, merging water and perimeter block and expanding the possibilities for urban lifeforms.”