Orange Architects has designed four of the fourteen building volumes – 1, 2, 9, 10 – that make up the central block on the Westerdok Island in Amsterdam. This perimeter block is composed of various volumes grouped around a large central space called the Cour.
The volumes vary in height from three to eleven storeys, and an underground car park extends under the whole development. The volume overlooking the IJ waterway varies in height from seven to eleven storeys and contains 111 apartments and 1,500 m2 of office space. The volumes on the Westerdok side contain 36 apartments and a gatehouse. This tower is eleven floors tall and contains four apartments per floor on levels 0-6 and two apartments per floor on levels 7-10.
Both buildings are completely faced in liver-coloured hand-moulded bricks, with a variety of horizontal and vertical brick bonds. Wide panoramic windows and loggias are a feature of the façade facing the quay, while large brick balconies hang from the façade overlooking the courtyard. The overall composition is of an expressive brick sculpture with large expanses of glazing framed by a skin of brickwork.