Mauritskade, Linnaeusstraat
Erick van Egeraat, Harry Kurzhals
Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects (EEA)
De Principaal
Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs en Zonen B.V
Tram 3, 7, 10, bus 22, 37, 59, stop Linnaeusstraat
Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdamse Architectuur 2000-02, Amsterdam, 2003, p.98-99.

Apartments and commercial spaces

The ‘Tropenpunt’ is a building with a triangular ground plan and forms the termination of a nineteenth-century urban block. The complex contains exhibition spaces on the ground floor, above which are twelve apartments.

The unusual shape of the site has given rise to unusual floor plans, particularly at the tip of the building, where the dwellings benefit from an abundance of light. In the materialization of the facade, too, a game with light is discernible. The combination of dark natural stone slabs, horizontal strips of fenestration and aluminium-coloured varnished steel plates, gives rise to a subtle light relief. In addition, on the side of the existing housing blocks, the historic vertical rhythm has been resumed and towards the tip the articulation gradually acquires a horizontal character. Moreover, because the windows are increasingly tall in that direction, the dramatic effect of the tip is accentuated. (ARCAM/YK)