A PROGRESSIVE MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT IN AMSTERDAM NORTH
The Albino Alligator is a progressive live/work development to initiate Buiksloterham's regeneration in Amsterdam North. It is named for its shape, materiality and its catalytic effect on the urban environment.
The Albino Alligator goes beyond standard mixed-use typologies. It proposes an intense mix of programs and environments and therefore a wide variety of uses. It is composed of five buildings: a workspace / public building (the head), a strip of row houses (the body), a residential tower (leg 1), an office tower (leg 2) and a fitness club (tail). Every building is shaped upon the spatial and structural needs of its specific program.
The buildings silver/grey appearance, composed of metal, concrete and glass, is inspired by the timeless industrial no-nonsense architecture in its surrounding. Choices are made for practical reasons: heat shielding, light gain, cost efficiency, a low-environmental burden in the production process, durability and changeability.
The park is a "white-scape". Gentle bumps create an atmosphere of ponds and dunes. The grainy surface allows the rain water to slowly soak into the ground, preventing rapid runoff, and optimising biodiversity. The overall white treatment of the surface keeps the building and ground level air cool. It also reflects bright atmospheric light into the working and living spaces.
Housing, Office, Fitness, Public program, Park
NAi + Ymere + City of Amsterdam
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