Westbeat | Studioninedots

Amsterdam / Netherlands / 2020

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The graceful arched spaces of Westbeat set a sculptural setting that invites residents, locals and the public to discover this new public hub and make it their own. This superspace alternates in function, hosting workspaces, hospitality venues, performances, concerts and more. What supports this flexibility of use, also for the future, are vast areas of open floor space created by the high arched structures. Diverse types of open and intimate spaces are shaped by the network of different sized arches and differences in floor heights. Additionally, the arches are a visual and structural transition between the basement car park, with its wide spans, and the 150 dwellings above the superspace. Generous arches in the facade frame and highlight the cultural activities within, with the largest arches positioned at the corner as an inviting gesture on this prominent address. Westbeat has high ambitions. It marks the ‘Leap over the Ring’ (beyond the A10 highway), bridges the height differences on site with new pedestrian routes through the building and acts as a noise and traffic barrier using sound-dampening facades and green galleries. From a social perspective, Westbeat focuses on young urban residents and the supports the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of this emerging neighbourhood. In collaboration with the first occupants, Studioninedots will design their part of the interior of the superspace.

Westbeat: WanderVoid XL
At this busy location, Studioninedots envisioned Westbeat as a catalyst for meeting, exchange and connection. The practice investigated the design of iconic public spaces without a fixed use, launching the concept of WanderVoids this year in response to the fact that too many public spaces in our crowded cities are over-determined, too specifically focused on limited types of users. At Westbeat these flexible spaces create room for play and experiment, for excitement and wonder, and address both a fascination and societal needs. With this, Studioninedots recognises a renewed desire for physical places that appeal to our imaginations and are therefore essential for a high quality of urban life.


Project information Westbeat
Client: Lingotto Ontwikkeling BV; Achmea Dutch Residential Fund
Location: Lelylaan-Delflandlaan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Type: public space, 150 dwellings, collective garden, workspaces, podium, hospitality venues, facilities, parking
GFA: 24.300 m2
Plot: 3.250 m2
Design-completion: 2016-2020
Design team: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
Project leader/architect: Joost Maatkamp
Design team: Wouter Hermanns, Rutger van der Meer, Laura Berasaluce, Joost Körver
Team: Heddes Bouw en Ontwikkeling BV, Royal HaskoningDHV, Cauberg-Huygen, Huygen installatie advies, Skaal, Atelier Bouwkunde, Moss Amsterdam, Donkergroen


EPC: -0.05, GPR: 8,3

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    The graceful arched spaces of Westbeat set a sculptural setting that invites residents, locals and the public to discover this new public hub and make it their own. This superspace alternates in function, hosting workspaces, hospitality venues, performances, concerts and more. What supports this flexibility of use, also for the future, are vast areas of open floor space created by the high arched structures. Diverse types of open and intimate spaces are shaped by the network of different sized...

    Project details
    • Year 2020
    • Work finished in 2020
    • Client Lingotto Ontwikkeling BV; Achmea Dutch Residential Fund
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Parks, Public Gardens / Public Squares / Urban Furniture / Parking facilities / Urban Renewal
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