- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- OCO (Ontwikkelcombinatie Overhoeks, Amvest)
- 2016 - 2021
- 68 luxury apartments with a variety of housing typologies in a stacked volume with generous outdoor spaces, interior courtyard, 80 underground parking lots and storage
- Photography: Ossip van Duivenbode
- Photography (interior): KCAP
- Construction: Goudsticker De Vries
- Building physics: DGMR
- Installations: Mabutec Installatie Advies
- Contractor: De Nijs en Zonen
- Landscape: Buro Sant en Co
The balconies enhance the spatial appearance of The Grid, and provide plenty of light inside. In addition, wide story-high sliding windows allow for the creation of additional loggias. Thanks to the way the terraces are stacked, all outdoor spaces enjoy sufficient privacy. A special integrated rainwater drainage system in the construction takes account of the stepped shape of the terraces. Planting on the balconies in combination with the green courtyard designed by Buro Sant en Co will ensure that The Grid becomes increasingly green over the years.
With the central lobby in the plinth, The Grid can be seen as a modern translation of the early 19th-century luxury residential hotel. The transparent entrance hall serves as the heart of the complex. It opens up to the urban context, offering a view from the street into the green courtyard. That openness also works the other way round, connecting residents with the outside and, therefore, the new residential neighbourhood ‘Aan het IJ’.
The courtyard plays an essential role in the overall design: it stimulates activities by the residents, leaves room for future use, and enhances a sense of ownership among its users. Pronounced materialisation and careful detailing, characterise these interventions so as to create an exciting yet timeless green landscape. The shared courtyard serves as a green extension to the entrance hall, a place for all residents to enjoy together. Combined with the richness of the private balconies, The Grid offers an exceptional amount of outdoor space - a qualitative extension of the private living areas in this new, centrally located Amsterdam neighbourhood.