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Architect Wins Design Contest with Looping Towers

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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With the inclusion of a running track and a pool, Milan-based architect Peter Pichler’s design for an apartment complex in the Netherlands will act as both a hub for health and a center for social activities, once it’s built.

The design, aptly known as Looping Towers for the figure-eight shape used to connect the disparate structures together, won an international competition for designing a 300,000-square-foot residential development in the Netherlands.

Looping Towers

Slated to be built in Maarsen, Utrecht, the structure will be just over 376,000 square feet, housing 260 apartments, which will be built into the two L-shaped towers that stand opposite one another.

Peter_Pichler_Architecture_looping_towers_Netherlands from Peter Pichler Architecture on Vimeo.

The design process began with massing studies of straight extrusions moved toward the end of the plot to gurantee the view for the offices toward the river and for Maarsen itself, the firm noted.

"The special situation of the site (north side with view, south side sunlight) and the unsophisticated orientation of the apartments within a straight extruded tower with a central core led to a slim L-shaped geometry that guarantees multiple views and sunlight,” the firm said.

"While sloping back the L-shaped towers with the lower tower on the west side, better views are generated for adjacent buildings with minimum shadow impact. The naturally formed terraces generate multiple views towards the old city and achieve a maximum sunlight during the day.”

With the two towers connected by a much lower building—which holds the running track on its roof—the river remains visible for residents along the north side of the building, and for those in other buildings in the neighborhood. The top of the western tower will also house a swimming pool.

The building that connects the two towers will also contain a gym and other communal resources for residents.

The firm’s designs set up each apartment as a duplex, implemented large glazed walls outlined by angular white frames. The first floor of each unit will be double-height, with a mezzanine upper floor.

The apartment building is slated for completion in 2020.


Tagged categories: Color + Design; Design build; Residential Construction; Tower

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