The Spot Amersfoort [NL]

'The Spot' is a striking residential building with forty luxury apartments and offices that will be realised on an exceptional locaton in Amersfoort. The site is located at the intersection of the main traffic routes of Amersfoort, traditionally an important meeting place for traveling salesmen. The history of the location formes the basis for the design: a striking building that marks this particular place and forms an anchor point towards the center of Amersfoort. Through the design of this project, The Spot becomes a beacon for the city and its visitors while respecting the character of its built environment. The historic center of Amersfoort is cherished; the church tower of Onze Lieve Vrouwe remains the undisputed city icon. As a signifier of Amersfoort’s up and coming status, The Spot not only serves as a contemporary architectural highlight, it also directly responds to its historical context, particularly its previous function as a meeting point.

KCAP’s design adds value to the whole area. Most striking is the openness of the building and the green link it provides between the city center and the future Zonnehof park. As such, the building covers only 20% of the plot, while 80% of the space is given back to the city as public space. The aim of this approach is to provide a counterpoint to the Onze Lieve Vrouwe tower, thus referencing and drawing attention to the historical monument in all its glory.  The stacking of the apartments is designed in such a way that each side of the building provides a different view. Each of the forty apartments has a loft-like layout with a focus on spaciousness, orientation and quality achieved through double-height spaces, large balconies and panoramic views. In the heart of the building, offices are located in a large ‘city balcony’. Finally, the planting on the balconies of the apartments is designed to strengthen the green character of the plinth.

Client Profund Vastgoedontwikkeling, Amersfoort
Program 40 luxury apartments and offices
Time 2016 - present
Role Architect