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Jonas Amsterdam

Communal Living Room

The project is located in the heart of IJburg, Amsterdam. IJburg is one of the artificial islands around the city, mainly providing housing environments for families. The project completes the center of IJburg, which is organized around a marina. It provides a new residential building with commercial and social facilities, together with a rich public realm.  The building is designed by Orange Architects, commissioned by Amvest and developed in collaboration with Site urban development, ABT and Floor Ziegler.

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In IJburg, private housing plots are positioned within a rich framework of public spaces: large boulevards and canals in the center, beaches and natural parks at the edges. Diverse private housing opportunities and an abundance of public landscapes being offered, Jonas aims to add an important connection between both worlds: a communal space. Not another private block or big public landscape, but a collection of out- and indoor chambers as the living room of IJburg.

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The name Jonas is a reference to the legend Jonas and the Whale. This story tells about adventure and intimacy, about shelter, security and homeliness inside a ‘big body’. To offer IJburg an animated and diverse public interior, the building is folded around a necklace of powerful places.

The Rock

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The first place is the rock, a three-dimensional landscape in front of the building. A pavilion with sculptural terraces integrates the parking garage entrance, and creates a multifunctional theater. These wooden decks continue into a generous boardwalks towards the water. The entrance square is folded in between these wooden sculptures. A small island in the canal animates the water shore, and offers an interesting scene for adventurous playgrounds.

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The Forest

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The patio inside the building offers a stilled space, appearing as a shaded forest. Large trees, ferns and moss, paths in flagstones and wooden benches are creating this alienating natural atmosphere. The flagstones step down towards the water, into a playful staircase with rocky seating elements.

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The Beach

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Jonas holds a beach on the roof. A lush holiday feeling is established by a central water pond, dune landscapes with dancing pines, boardwalk terraces and a central square with Portuguese cobble stones. The pattern of the stones tells the story of Jonas and the Whale. A fireplace on the square and a lounge bed in the dunes are bringing the holiday vibes all year long.

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The three moments are connected through a monumental central atrium in the building, called the canyon. All landscapes create powerful experiences that provide an amazing identity for people living along them, and for visitors to enjoy them. Moreover they integrate all required measures to achieve the highest possible sustainability label, BREEAM Outstanding.

The construction of the Jonas' building is in full swing. From December 2021 work on the landscapes is expected to commence. © Patrick Meijers, Orange Architects

Year

2017 - ongoing

Location

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Type

Public Space

Client

Amvest

Size

1 ha

Awards

BREEAM Awards 2020, Homes - Design Stage and Regional Award
Winner Eurasian Prize 2020

Publications

Archidat Architectuur
Architectenweb
Architectuur.nl
Bouwwereld
BREEAM NL
de Architect
Duurzaamgebouwd.nl
Estade Nieuws
PBC Today
Vastgoedactueel
Vastgoedberichten
Vastgoedjournaal
Vastgoedmarkt

 

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Ramona Stiehl
Mariya Protsyk
Laura Spenkelink
Fanny Genti
Klaudio Ruci
Ilva Mishtaku
Orange Architects
ABT
Site urban development
Floor Ziegler
Ballast Nedam West

List
  1. Eemsdelta Campus
  2. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  3. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  4. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  5. Healthy Tracks
  6. Towards a healthy city by foot
  7. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  8. The Unbound Amsterdam
  9. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  10. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  11. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  12. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  13. Jonas Amsterdam
  14. A green entrance for the airport
  15. Public Space Alpen
  16. Cartesius Quarter
  17. Isle of Dikes
  18. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  19. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  20. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  21. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  22. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  23. City Square Tyumen
  24. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  25. Strategic Urban Green Study
  26. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  27. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  28. ImageWharf
  29. Ódinstorg Square
  30. Overloon War Museum
  31. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  32. Ludlstrasse Munich
  33. Yaanila Country Park
  34. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  35. Villa Garden
  36. City life in the woods
  37. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  38. Socio-technical city of the future
  39. Buji River
  40. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  41. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  42. Maritime Campus Almere
  43. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  44. Sijthoff
  45. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  46. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  47. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  48. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  49. Fish Market Leuven
  50. Zinder Culture Cluster
  51. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  52. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  53. Strategic Plan Fier
  54. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  55. Kronenburg Business Park
  56. Dharavi Mumbai
  57. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  58. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  59. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  60. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  61. Berlin Am Volkspark
  62. The Museum of the 20th Century
  63. Gardabaer
  64. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  65. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  66. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  67. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  68. Danxia Recreational Park
  69. Campus Lelystad
  70. Proto Tamansari
  71. City Gardens Tyumen
  72. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  73. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  74. Bandar Lampung Park
  75. R&D Campus Fengxian
  76. S-West Eindhoven
  77. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  78. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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