28 Dec 2011 • Architecture
NIJMEGEN – Rotterdam-based 24H recently contributed to the renewal of another Dutch city: Nijmegen.
The architects’ response to a need for more housing was a 12-storey building that holds 72 apartments, a healthcare centre and public square at ground level.
The tower is wrapped in a series of aluminium bands that thrust from its warm wooden façade. Fluidly rounding the corners of the building, these wide ribbon-like strips mark the floors in a regular rhythmic cadence.
‘We had a flower in mind,’ says Boris Zeisser of 24H. ‘The balconies were designed to look like white petals and an overall organic shape was intended to evoke the image of a white rose.’
The notion of petals also led to perforated railings that draw light into the apartments, provide views of the surroundings and give the building its unique visual effect.
Photos courtesy of Jeroen Musch
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