26 Housing units in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The complex should be understood not from the sequence of its elements, but from their interrelationship. In such a beautiful and unique place, surrounded by water on three sides, the project strives to create an impression of openness, distance and lightness. The complex should not appear hard, compact and massive, in the manner of a permanent protective dyke, but seeks, rather to open itself up and- relatively speaking- to melt away.
Josep Lluís Mateo, 1996
Surface: 5,700 m2
Site: Borneo Dock, Amsterdam Harbour (The Netherlands)
Photo: Xavier Ribas, Duccio Malagamba and Daria Scagliola