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Amsterdam, The Netherlands









Due to the lack of space, cities are now forced to expand into their suburbs or go vertical. However, we see that most high-rise buildings currently being constructed offer little spatial variation in typologies, public spaces, and target demographics to residents, which is essential for a vibrant city. High-rise buildings often consist of the same standard apartments stacked on top of each other. As Studio To Create, we were curious and asked ourselves: Could it be possible to devise a new density model that can prevent the city from fading without sacrificing spatial variety?

To arrive at a suitable solution for this situation, it was crucial to establish a scientific framework based on relevant literature and case studies. By analyzing various case studies from different parts of the world, we could gain a better understanding of the relationship between typology, morphology, and spatial quality. Simultaneously, the literature study provided us with the necessary knowledge and theories on the theme of density.

Firstly, we believe that high-rise buildings have a direct impact on their surroundings and on the city at large. Nevertheless, due to their small footprint and high density, we see that high-rise buildings start to lead an autonomous life within the urban fabric, contributing little to no solutions to the social and spatial challenges of the city. Contemporary high-rises offer users/residents little to no variety in social or spatial interaction and experience. The fact that you can only encounter each other in the elevator or corridor discourages living in towers. People are naturally social beings seeking interaction with their environment, yet current high-rise buildings provide them with limited to no stimuli for interaction.

The design offers residents a unique experience where social and spatial interactions are encouraged. With each floor in the design offering a unique experience and spatial encounter, users and residents of the tower are constantly surprised. The ultimate goal is to reintroduce livability into high-rise buildings by vertically stacking the horizontal urban fabric. Through the inclusion of super floors in the design, a high level of flexibility is achieved, resulting in a variety of housing typologies and more green and public space for social and spatial interactions.

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