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EUROPAN 5 (SUBURBAN LOOP)

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN ALMERE

The Dutch landscape seems to be made up of two planes of water: the wet, flat land and a cloudy, heavy, nearby sky.
For this site, located on the edge of the city, close to the sea and overlooking a nature reserve, the municipality of Almere is looking for a building that, in addition to experimenting with new housing typologies, manages to offer an iconic image at the entrance to the city.
In the suburban environment, where the car is the usual means of transport, there seems to be a feeling of living too close to the ground. The building separates itself from this condition to allow one to enjoy the landscape carpeted by one- or two-story dwellings.
As if taking a strip of city and curling in on itself, the building functionally is a hybrid in which inhabitants, workers and visitors, as well as vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians coexist, pursuing the idea of living in the air, between two planes of water.

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Architect:

Montse Domínguez - Alberto Nicolau

Location:

Almere, The Netherlands

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Awards:

EUROPAN 5: 1st prize

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