Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Half Dose #30: Urban Cactus

Urban Cactus is a housing project in the Vuurplaat section of Rotterdam by UCX Architects / Ben Huygen and Jasper Jaegers and done for Vestia Rotterdam Feijenoord/Estrade Projecten.

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Due to its siting at the end of harbor, the architects chose to conceptualize the project as belonging to the "green nerve" rather than the surrounding urban structure.

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They placed the 98 residential units on 19 floors, using the pattern of outdoor spaces to determine the overall appearance of the project.

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The slightly irregular pattern alternates these outdoor spaces to create what are in effect double-height spaces. Each unit then receives more sunlight than a typical stacked composition.

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Also the terrace area might be equivalent to a constant depth extended around the perimeter (say two meters), but their configuration creates larger "rooms" for gardening and for enjoying the outdoors and the city views.

Links:
:: UCX architects
:: Estrade

12 comments:

  1. Marina City with a twist . . .

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  2. You know...on the surface the project looks brutal. But my guess to stand on one of those balconies would be a pretty nice experience.

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  3. Where does all the water go?

    I would assume that each balcony would take on a considerable amount of rain water which would then need to be removed via a drainage system.

    Although, more specifically, when a building like this will come to Seattle :-D

    I think we could use some architects...but more specifically a builder with the means to create something like this project.

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  4. Wow, great shots. Do you know if these are available in high resolution (are they yours?) I am working on a textbook, and the author would like to include a shot of this amazing building. If so, can you email me at kateland_photo at hotmail dot com?

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  5. This is the most amazing bit of architecture I've ever seen! I'm always interested in the way people decorate their outdoor spaces. Thanks for posting.

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  6. This is awesome! this building looks like a layered cake or somewhat a ribbon. That is extra ordinary!

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  7. Hi,

    I am doing a progect on green buildings, just wanted to know where i could get a high resolution picture of the urban cactus. Its simply awesome...

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