Riga2020

2017 - present

  • work space
  • residential
  • area:
    1500m2

    status:
    design development

    client:
    Steengoed BV
    Imagewharf

    advisor:
    Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners

    team:
    Allard Meine Jansen
    Andreas Baumer
    David Pepper
    Piet de Reuver
    Victor Delamotte
    Nick Wenham
    Jalmar Taylor
    Florianne van Fraeyenhoven

    Amsterdam / Netherlands

    Adaptability is the driving force of Riga2020, a project situated in the rapidly transforming Minervahaven in Amsterdam. Whilst the building is proposed to host a series of office spaces initially, the plan and the grid are required to be robust enough to allow for it to transition into 144 single-studio residences. This needs to be able to happen whilst still retaining the integrity of the overall construction.

    The façade has been developed in a way whereby office spaces have plentiful opportunities to access the balconies, but still ensuring each studio apartment can have their individual access point to a private balcony if the building is eventually repurposed to housing. This ensures the façade composition can be retained even if the building’s function has been transformed.

    Staircases climbing the south-eastern elevation insert a playful characteristic to the project, jumping positions and orientations as they scale upwards. The use of colour on these stairs enhances the liveliness, as well as makes them a surprising and dynamic visual element from the surroundings. This playfulness is further encouraged by the multi-levelled site plan, with the terrain engaging with the multifunctional plinth and its various entry points.

    allard architecture • Riga2020 • Site Diagram
    Engagement of the site with different modalities of movement
    allard architecture • Riga2020 • Staircase Concept
    Concept of the playful staircases, and the use of colour to make these a surprising and dynamic visual element
    allard architecture • Riga2020 • Diagram of Apartment Configuration
    Diagram of the building's configuration for apartments and the use of a central corridor spine to access each apartment
    allard architecture • Riga2020 • Diagram of Office Configuration
    Diagram of the offices, with an open floor plan that has multiple egress points to the balcony
    allard architecture • Riga2020 • Diagram of Rooftop
    Diagram of the rooftop as a site of fun activities