Within the ‘Vijfhoek’ urban plan in Deventer, we designed two residential towers, each containing 14 apartments.
The buildings mark the intersection of The buildings mark the intersection of Gooikersdijk and Springerlaan, the latter of which forms the main access route to the neighbourhood. The levelled dike, in part along the Gooikersdijk, forms an old green ribbon structure of mature oaks and beech trees.
Thanks to the sheer diversity of apartment types, each tower reads as a single colossal house and not as a series of identical apartments stacked on top of one another
With two apartments on each level, the towers are slender and vertical in appearance. The apartment floor plan is dictated by a large living area that extends the full 7.5-metre bay width on the south side. In the adjacent zone for outdoor spaces the double-bay arrangement is replaced by a triple bay, creating double-height and double-width sun lounges and asymmetrically positioned balconies. In part thanks to the sheer diversity of apartment types, each tower reads as a single colossal house and not as a series of identical apartments stacked on top of one another.
The building is faced in laminated Robinia timber slats. The refined dimensions of the timber components, in combination with a varied application of open and closed joints, creates a rich and elaborate appearance. The large window frames of the sun lounges in the southern facade are constructed of slender galvanized steel profiles fitted with single glass.
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