Amsterdam and the entire country of the Netherlands has a very disturbing lack of sunlight. Since the country in ‘under the water’ and its weather is quite moody, the houses and apartments being built have large windows so that the sunlight can find its way in. Summertime Housing is a complex of two large pixelated buildings that make it possible for every apartment to be seen by the sun when the latter is showing. Every apartment has either a balcony or a large window being further out of the building than the rest of the space. This way no balcony or windows gets shaded by the upper level balconies, since nothing is symmetrically put.
The buildings were designed by architect Bjarne Mastenbroek and the project was completed in 2016.
The goal of the project was to maximize views, sunlight and privacy for every apartment located in the buildings, while not getting away from the urban style.
The two towers have a total of 197 apartments that address the middle class. The entrance has large windows, which bring light to the interior.
At ground level 1100 m2 of public space will be realized along with commercial space and a nursery.
Below the ground, there is a parking garage with a capacity for 150 cars that connects the two towers.
Coloured ceramic walls line the large entrance portal. The patterns are inspired by former Dutch bank notes, specifically the golden sunflower of the 50 Guilder and the light house of the 250 Guilder.
The exterior facade is animated by the coloured glass balustrades of each apartment. Hues of pink and yellow form a gradient across the building and bring liveliness to the grey office-building dominated surroundings.
This project embraces sustainability measures such as alternative energy generation, low temperature heating, grey water recycling and green roofs, meeting the high standard pursued by the municipality of Amsterdam.