Uitbreiding WTC

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Oeverzaaijer architectuur en stedebouw
WTC Amsterdam
ING Vastgoed / KFN Management
metro 51, tram 5 stop WTC

Expansion WTC tower

In 2002, work began on the radical renovation and extension of the WTC complex on the Zuidas. First of all, the four existing towers were given a new facade. Then, a plinth building with a striking, large undulating roof was realized. Finally, on the west side of Zuidplein, a 104 metre-high tower and a lower building with a large glass atrium were built on the square.

The tower’s elevations are characterized by a subtle play of colour in the light blue and light green coloured glass. From different angles, different patterns can be discerned and the colour of the building changes with the changing weather conditions, like the skin of a chameleon. The aim was for the two complexes on either side of the square to be a visual whole. To this end, the undulating roof of the plinth building is repeated in the atrium building and the latest additions on Zuidplein also have large roof overhangs. Because this square is also the forecourt of the WTC Station, which is to become an important international interchange where the TGV will stop, the public space has been reorganized. Greenery, bars and restaurants with outdoor seating and shops are intended to make the square a public-friendly, urban centre. (ARCAM/LM)