peter pichler’s design for the new residential tower complex consists of approximately 260 apartments, parking garages, public facilities, gym and a running track on the roof. it is located in maarssen; on a main axis between amsterdam and utrecht, and should act as a social ‘engine’ in the area, which will undergo some major developments within the next years.
the looping tower seen from afar
milan based peter pichler architecture‘s proposal for two looping towers is the result of an optimized geometry founded on views and sunlight. the starting point were the massing studies of straight extrusions that are moved towards the end of the plot to guarantee the view towards the river and the old city center of maarssen from the offices set behind. the special situation of the site and the unsophisticated orientation of the apartments within a straight extruded tower with a central core led to a slim L-shaped geometry that guarantees multiple views and sunlight.
river view of the looping towers in netherlands
while sloping back the L-shaped towers with the lower tower on the west side, better views are generated for adjacent buildings with a minimum shadow impact. the naturally formed terraces generate multiple views towards the old city and achieve a maximum sunlight during the day.
peter pichler’s looping towers from street level
at the podium level, the two towers connect in a loop that steps back to create green parks. the interweaving podium strings contain care housing as well as public facilities such as the gym with a running track on the roof.
a close up to the facade details and apartments
most of the apartments are conceived as duplex in order to guarantee the double side view and to have an optimized ratio between GLA and circulation. the duplex typology is expressed in the facade as well, which fades from a more closed structure at the street level and opens towards the top.
night view of the duplex apartment facade
terrace view of the duplex apartment
floor plan level 5
floor plan level 14
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