Kop Zuidas

The design for Kop Zuidas is inspired by the characteristics of a good city: it hosts a diversity in program, future proof through flexibility and sustainability concepts, bound together by an attractive and walkable public space.

BETA office for architecture and the city Space&Matter Amsterdam Kop Zuidas exterior render by Vismo.dk

BETA office for architecture and the city Space&Matter Amsterdam Kop Zuidas courtyard render by Vismo.dk

The brief called for a design that could establish itself in the rapidly developing context of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district. Envisioned for multi-tenant use, the proposal contains a mix of housing, offices and urban amenities in a design that is best characterized as a continuation of the urban fabric.

The core concept of the design is to create a new layer of urbanity within a building. Its array of living and working typologies is connected by a thrilling public space, encouraging physical activity and fostering encounters between people. Filled with light, air and greenery, this expansive courtyard links a public library, co-working spaces, regular offices, parking and social housing in a single spatial gesture.

In the immediate vicinity of shiny and angular buildings by big-name offices such as BIG and OMA, the architectural elaboration of Kop Zuidas makes a contrasting reference back to the architecture of H.P. Berlage’s Plan Zuid.

BETA office for architecture and the city Space&Matter Amsterdam Kop Zuidas interior render by Vismo.dk
BETA office for architecture and the city Space&Matter Amsterdam Kop Zuidas exterior render by Vismo.dk

Project Details

 

YEAR: 2017

CLIENT: BPD

SITE: Zuidas district, Amsterdam

STATUS: concept design

COMMISSION TYPE: competition entry, finalist

COLLABORATORS: space&matter (co-architect), Metabolic (circularity), ARUP (engineering), Buro Bouwfysica (acoustics, fire safety)

TEAM: Evert Klinkenberg, Auguste van Oppen, Ryan Dougan

RENDERS: Vismo