Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the E' Tower in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The design of the 22-floor, 110-apartment building is derived from the Brick Expressionist style that was common during the city's industrial period and throughout Northern Europe in the early 20th century.
Take a look at some photos WAA sent us right below.
From the WAA project description:
"This housing project is composed of two building blocks and located within a former industrial area in the city of Eindhoven that was redeveloped into a residential neighborhood named Stripe S. The E’ Tower forms the entry to this new development, with 110 apartments dispersed across its 22 floors, while a separate auxiliary building echoing the former’s façade rises 10 stories and consists of 36 apartments."
"This auxiliary building is situated along a road bisecting the neighborhood. The tower’s eastern façade has been receded from the adjacent building block to enable its complete fenestration in spite of its corner location, while at ground level the southern façade has been extended to create an operable glass gate."
"Both of these new buildings have been organized around highly efficient cores, maximizing their inhabitable floor space. As such, the tower’s lobby has been elevated .7 meter above street level, distancing itself from its immediate surroundings to denote its rather private character [...] Offering to its residents amenities more-often found in short-stay hotels, the tower also features a furnished reading nook, a custom-designed concierge corner, and private hospitality-boxes, positioning the building to cater to Eindhoven’s urban professionals and rather established couples."
"Its windows have been fritted with pixilated dots, which vary in both diameter and placement, focusing at a distance to compose an image of curtains fluttering in the wind. These floor- to-ceiling glass façades provide the lobby and apartments with extraordinary light, views, and space."
"Every apartment in both the E’ Tower and its auxiliary building feature a balcony of 2x5 meters able to accommodate a dinner party of six, while internal conservatories also serve as an extra room–or winter garden–during the year’s cooler months. The project’s structure is composed of poured in place concrete on the ground and first floors, physically anchoring it to its site, with prefabricated components used throughout its remaining floors, including the custom-composed and clover leafed columns. These rounded columns impart a fluidity within the interiors, eliminating any harsh edge of exposed raw concrete, contributing to a greater sense of ‘movement’ within both buildings, expanding their capacity for interiority."
: Mathildelaan 85
, 5616 LA Eindhoven,
Size: 16,000 m2
Date of design: 2004-2006
Date of completion: 2013
: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Freyke Hartemink, Daniel Meyer, Mai Henriksen, Jacques van Eyck
Collaborators: Dennis Villanueva
Client: Stadionkwartier BV, Laurentius-Amvest
Consultants: Nelissen BV, Tielemans BV, LBP/Brandveiligheid Erik Janse, SchreuderGroep BV, Scheldebouw BV, DHV BV
All images courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects.
Click the thumbnails below to see floorplans and additional images.
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