Foster + Partners' Newest Energy-Efficient Structure for Amsterdam [S2]

Construction just finished on this 24-story building designed by Foster + Partners for Vivaldi Park area in Amsterdam.  It’s quite the efficient structure — exceeding Dutch environmental regulations by 10%, and features flexible floor plates that are perfect for big name tenants such as Ernst & Young.  The design calls for an ecological pond, fully glazed windows on sun-exposed facades, and the retention of 65% of rainwater.  In addition to its energy efficient elements, probably one of the more interesting aspects of the structure, and one that has grown on me, is Foster + Partners’ signature use of the aluminum-clad, steel diagrid structure.  Any thoughts relating to the diagrid pattern on the building exterior?

Via Foster + Partners.

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  • Mike M

    As to the diagrid pattern, I realize it makes the interior more space-efficient by limiting the amount of interior structural elements, but it is hideous. It just screams 1986. Some of the other architectural designs posted on this sight have been much more pleasing to look at. My personal favorite was the LUMA building in Los Angeles, which is gorgeous.

    • Preston

      I think several people had similar concerns with the Hearst Tower, which also employs the signature diagrid pattern. Would you have the same issues if the diagrid color was, say, black or dark silver, and thus blended better with the dark windows? Just thinking …

      • Mike M

        I’m not sure. Better color blending would definitely help, but the over-all look still says “Miami Vice” to me.

  • Stephen

    I think the Hearst Tower is much more attractive even though the diagrid pattern itself is almost identical here. I think the difference is the horizontal face in these renderings as compared to the consistent diagrid across the Hearst’s entire facade.

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