Zuidas Architecture

7 november 2016

Amidst all the tower blocks and skyscrapers in Zuidas, OpZuid is refreshingly different. The small-scale complex with a handful of homes has an unusual, almost foreign flavour.

Green oasis
Situated between Gershwinlaan and De Boelelaan, OpZuid is an expansive green oasis amidst the urban grid of Amsterdam’s financial district. The two symmetrical blocks enclose a green courtyard garden, their terraced design opening out to the sun and to the Boelegracht running alongside. Connecting the two buildings are several extended balconies that interrupt the formal exterior shell of the north façade. The courtyard garden is a world unto itself. All the trees here are maples, while the planting of small shrubs beneath spans hues ranging from white to light yellow.

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