This film of Landscape Architects West8′ shows their development in Amsterdam Docks: – could this be a future scenario for new equitable waterfront development in Cape Towns harbor now that the PIC ( Public Investment Corporation) is a major shareholder in the V&A Waterfront? Would it not be marvelous if we had housing like this right in the docks – not for the rich but for everyday working people?
Film in opdracht van ‘West8 – Urban Design and Landscape Architecture’
Two peninsulas in the eastern part of the Amsterdam docks, were to be exploited for water-related activities, as well as 2500 low-rise dwelling units, with a density of 100 units per hectare. For a new interpretation of the traditional Dutch canal house, West 8 suggested new types of three-storey, ground-accessed houses deviating from the usual terraced house in being strongly oriented to the private realm by incorporating patios and roof gardens. By repeating this type in a great variety of dwelling modes and with maximum architectural variation, an animated street elevation emerges with a focus on the individual. At a larger scale, a delicately balanced relationship exists between the repetition of the individual dwellings, the roofscape and the great scale of the docks. Three immense sculptural blocks take their place as landmarks in the vast expanse of houses.
This short video reposted from LAND Reader