Hoop, Liefde en Fortuin

De Rietlanden
Rudy Uytenhaak
Bouwfonds, Woningstichting Ymere
Tram 10, 26; bus 43

Residential building in the Eastern Docklands

De Rietlanden, a neighbourhood that links the Eastern Docks redevelopment zone to the city centre, contains this striking building with its ascending roofline and forward-leaning facade.

The building includes apartments for both the social and the owner-occupied sectors. These are shielded on the north side by a large, sloping screen of prefabricated marble components, which rises in steps above a black plinth. The screen disguises the varying formats of the dwellings. The south facade, dominated by a pattern of balconies, follows the sloping roofline in a similar way to that on the north.

The architect Rudy Uytenhaak collaborated with the artist Willem Oorebeek on this design. Oorebeek applied a pattern of black dots using 90,000 black tiles on the north facade. For the south face of the building, he designed glass balcony parapets with footprints which symbolize the life that goes on behind the facade. (ARCAM/BP)