Silodam (Housing Silo)
The Housing Silo is situated on the IJ River, at the tip of the pier, next to two former grain warehouses (silos) that have been converted. The IJ River served as Amsterdam's harbor in the golden age.
Then, when the harbor fell into a decline, the buildings, warehouses, and shipyards were left unused.
In the 1980s, when Amsterdam had a housing shortage, the city
regained interest in the river's potentials and a variety of
restructuring projects, where the designers tried to fuse the
remaining structure and character of the harbor with new
The 157 apartments, business units and public spaces, in the
Housing Silo, are compressed within a 10 story high and 20 meters
deep urban envelope. The apartments, rental and owner in different
sizes, are stacked in internally connected neighborhoods.
Each "house" differs, both in orientation and size; they can be half a block, a whole block, or diagonal over two floors, some with terraces or balconies others with patios.
These groups of 4 to 8 "houses", of the same type, are recognizable by the treatment of the elevations and the colors used in the corridors.
On the west side of the building the dam has been "pulled"
through the under a large balcony, with magnificent views of the
IJ, that can be used by all residents. The business spaces
underneath the balcony share the same views.
Within the tight urban, structural and building regulation
boundaries, the limits put onto it by the desires and imagination
of government, clients, city, inhabitants and designers, the
building indexes the interaction between restriction and
Facts about Silodam (Housing Silo)
2,600 square meters
Building area: appr. 26, 000 square meters
15 different apartment types
Jacob van Rijs
Nathalie de Vries
Frans de Witte
Bureau Bouwkunde B.V. Rotterdam
Pieters Bouwtechniek, Haarlem, Delft
Cauberg Huygen, Rotterdam
De Principaal B.V.
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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