karelse + den besten: fort cortina, amsterdam karelse + den besten: fort cortina, amsterdam
may 18, 2013

karelse + den besten: fort cortina, amsterdam

karelse + den besten: fort cortina, amsterdamall images courtesy of karelse + den besten



rotterdam based graphic design firm karelse & den besten have shared with us their first architectural project, the headquarters for the wholesale gift item company cortina. built on the premises of the NDSM-wharf, a former shipyard located on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam, the harsh, industrial environment was converted into an office and warehouse building that draws its form from a spacious moroccan fort. the monolithic structure balances two textured skins; exterior walls are alternately metallic brick, while interiors are smooth, cedar-lined planes. different geometric apertures reflect the variously-sized rooms, each with an individualized reframing of the river. the structure is fundamentally a commercial building, but is meant to recall the warmth of a home. hearth-centered patios and planted rooftop footpaths complete the generously lit and mindful composition of spaces. 



view of the west side shows the warm brick contrasting with the industrial landscape




view up toward the watchtower



metallized brick creates a dynamic exterior skin



brick and metal meet in the entryway



main entryway



dappled rays enter through circular windows



multiple apertures allow the entrance of generous natural light



planted inside patios give a home-like feel to the offices



view of the roof top pathways


reference model




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