The recently completed 21-story UNStudio Tower forms part of the Mahler 4 urban complex, a cluster of six buildings located in the heart of the South Axis in Amsterdam. The South Axis connects Schiphol Airport to the major business areas of Amsterdam South.
At a height of 82.5 meters, the UNStudio Tower contains 20 floors of office space and a ground floor with mezzanine. The Royal Bank of Scotland currently occupies nine floors of the building and the South entrance with commercial space on the Gustav Mahlerlaan.
The facade of the UNStudio Tower plays with the juxtaposition of a horizontal and vertical articulation, conceptually relating to the principles upon which the moiré effect is based.
The horizontal articulation is provided by white, aluminum bands which wrap the tower, while their varying size, depth and transparency ensure the correct balance of sun screening and light penetration to the interiors on all levels of the building.
Vertical accents are formed by voids, recessed into each face of the building and spanning differing numbers of floors. These voids serve to create an inside-outside relationship which extends the facade envelope and turns the surface of the tower into an active medium with a profound effect on the quality of the interior user space.
Ben van Berkel: "In the design for the tower it was important for us to create a connection between the facade and the interior spaces; to see the building as whole, almost like a piece of furniture."
Custom colored glass panes are incorporated into the vertical voids, offering different identities and