- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 11 Apr 2017
The 46,000 sq. m mixed-use Sluishuis (Lock House) will be located in Ijburg, an emerging neighbourhood near the harbour area of Amsterdam’s historic city centre. The development will offer 380 zero-energy residences, approximately 4,000 sq. m of commercial and common areas and 240 underground parking spaces.
The design was inspired by classic European courtyard typology, which embraces the canal site and appears different from every vantage point. At one vantage point it seems to be a vertical green community; at another, a traditional urban block with street access; and at another, the bow of a ship.
The block steps down like a cascade of landscaped terraces toward the urban district. Winding around the building a promenade, with public passages climbing the cascading terraces will serve as a small rooftop street that will loop to the top of the building and create a viewing platform.
The ambitious sustainability objectives of the design impressed the jury. The environmental impact will be reduced during the construction phase, limiting total CO2 emissions, and using renewable resources throughout.
Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG said:
“Having spent my formative years as an architect in Holland at the end of the 20th century, it feels like a homecoming to now get to contribute to the architecture of the city that I have loved and admired for so long.
“Our Sluishuis is conceived as a city block of downtown Amsterdam floating in the IJ Lake, complete with all aspects of city life. Towards the city, the courtyard building kneels down to invite visitors to climb its roof and enjoy the panoramic view of the new neighborhoods on the IJ. Toward the water, the building rises from the river, opening a gigantic gate for ships to enter and dock in the port/yard. A building inside the port, with a port inside the building.”
Content and images courtesy of BIG.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Non-material amendments can sometimes be necessary after planning permission has been granted. Find out more here.
Six things civil engineers could do to ensure the success of projects.
Dublin housing crisis restricts employers' ability to recruit, according to new U+I research.
Intricate inlays and beautiful patterns can be created with waterjet cutting.
Two historic quarries in environmentally sensitive areas were reopened to repair Exeter Cathedral.
The phrase ‘time at large’ describes the situation where there is no date for completion, or it has become invalid.
The Maldives is under threat from climate change. Read this report from BRE on their potential involvement in the region.
MHCLG update states there are still 124 private high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding and no remediation plan.
Starting a new built environment degree? We have a wide range of resources aimed at students.
Former railway chief James Blake says trust and control are key to successful infrastructure projects.