Golden Gateway: BIG Unveils Plans for a New Architectural Landmark in Amsterdam

BIG, along with Barcode Architects, have emerged as winners of the two-phase competition to develop a 46,000-square-meter [495,000-square-foot] mixed-use building situated in the rising IJburg neighborhood of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The building, nicknamed the Sluishuis, will act as a bridge between the new urban district and the harbor near Amsterdam’s historic center. Nestled between a dense urban environment and vast landscape, the Sluishuis is at a confluence of large-scale infrastructure and small-scale urban settlements. Responding to this context, the Sluishuis form rises up as it faces water, inviting a multiplicity of views and light conditions. On its city-facing elevations, it dissolves into a cascade of landscaped terraces that aids the transition from city to human scale. Intended to serve as both a local and tourist destination, the Sluishuis incorporates a promenade that wraps around the main structure and into the water. The resulting form is an archipelago that includes spots for houseboats, floating gardens and common spaces for Sluishuis residents. Read more from BIG about this distinctive new project: Image via BIG “The City of Amsterdam has selected a team led by VORM/BESIX to develop the iconic Sluishuis in IJburg Steigereiland, an emerging urban district in ...
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