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Wed 4.1.

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd (UK)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 04.01.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook

The London-based multi-award-winning architectural practice established no less than three decades ago by Tony Fretton have completed this 8000-square-meters building located near the popular Vondelpark in central Amsterdam. Intended for numerous purposes, the canal facing seven-storey Solid 11 ‘has been designed to provide flexible space for a range of activities including apartments, workspaces, a hotel, shops, cafes and restaurants and public facilities such as a kindergarten.’

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook

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‘The project is the fourth building completed by the practice in the Netherlands, the country in which founding director Tony Fretton has held a professorship since 1999, as Chair of Architectural Design & Interiors at Technical University of Delft. Located near the Vondelpark, Solid 11 is one of three new-build projects designed by Tony Fretton Architects on inner city sites released by the relocation of hospitals and industry, the others being Andreas Ensemble in Amsterdam West and de Prinsendam Overhoeks.’

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook

‘Commissioned by Dutch housing association Stadgenoot, the building is an example of a “solid”, a new highly durable and sustainable typology devised by Stadgenoot which is presented to the market as a constructed shell, offering flexibility to the building’s tenants to decide on the size, configuration and use of space. The building is one of three in a masterplan devised by the late Belgian architect Jo Crepain. The masterplan organises the buildings in sequence along Constantijn Huygenstraat separated by public spaces. Each building is similar in form and alignment and configured as a pair of parallel blocks with a private open space between them.’

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook

‘The client Stadgenoot required the main elements of the building to have a 200-year life span. The facade has been designed as self-supporting. The brickwork piers are built off the basement walls and are fixed to the concrete frame with stainless steel ties. The horizontal spandrels are precast concrete, faced with the same brick, and are built into the piers. The bricks used are charcoal-fired Petersen bricks, reddish brown on the outer facades and yellowish white in the courtyard. On the ground floor the brick piers are clad with highly durable, red porphyry natural stone. The penthouse pavilions on the roof of the building and the recessed star-shaped elements on the 4th and 5th floors of the building’s front façade feature highly reflective structural glass curtain walls.’

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook

Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook

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