KCAP Architects&Planners has realized the Django Building; an apartment complex in Amsterdam's Zuidas development area. The building occupies lot 8 of Zuidas' Gershwin, cluster III, district for which KCAP previously completed a mass study.
Gershwin is the first district of Zuidas which focuses on housing with a diverse variety of apartment types. Of the total of 1,500 homes over the entire area approximately 300 will be realized in Gershwin III. The Django Building, one of the first completed residential buildings there, comprises of 108 rental apartments, commercial spaces and a one-story underground parking garage by Inbo architects. The remainder of the buildings will be completed by 2015.
With its 9 storys, the Django building is the lowest city block between the highest building in the area, the 29-story twin tower Amsterdam Symphony designed by the Architecten Cie, and the 20-story Duke Tower designed by Ateliers Lion. The Django Building and the Amsterdam Symphony are like David and Goliath. "This contrast is what we find challenging and exciting," says Han van den Born, architect and partner of KCAP.
KCAP divides the 15,000-m² total program over two buildings, a sunken garden and several terraces. The lower floors, with mainly commercial spaces, are defined by a printed glass facade. Above, black brickwork and a repetitive but slightly shifted pattern of anodized window frames and balconies dominate the building's appearance. The all-sidedness of the facade enhances the sculptural character of the stone volumes on the glass plinth.
Constructively, the application of a load-bearing facade allows for large window openings on all sides. All living areas are oriented in two directions and glazed from floor to ceiling. Innovative cold and warmth storage, with a closed source system, is employed to ensure sustainable cooling and heating in the apartments.