Silodam, Amsterdam, 1995-2002
The Silodam (‘Housing Silo Amsterdam’) consists of 157 apartments (private and social sectors) plus some business units and public space. These programme components are all compressed into an urban envelope which is 10 storeys high and 20 metres deep. The building relates to adjacent silos along the causeway that have also been converted into housing, and also bears visual references to the piles of containers typically found in docks. The building design is an end product of the wishes and imagination of government, clients, city, inhabitants and designers, within the strict constraints of building and planning regulations.