Part of Zeeburg, Zeeburgereiland is a triangular artificial land next to the city center of Amsterdam. From the center, the area is easy to reach by public transports, by car or bike, and it is also very close to the A10 highway. This makes Zeeburgereiland a convenient place to commute to the nearby cities. New developments are arising in this area offering not only dwellings, but schools, sport fields, retails, commerce.
The quality of the urban plan is making this area the ideal location for residents who want to enjoy the tranquility of the island while still being part of the vibrating city.
When I first visited the area, I immediately realized its potential. The vision of the urban plan is rich and articulated. It offers all the functionalities that a new area should have. The relation with the water, the openness, the proximity to the center and to the A10 and the openness makes it a great place to live.
Moreover the investigation of the location’s history and the relation with the water inspired me to design a home with a story. This is my vision of how Zeeburgereiland could be inhabited. The character of the Freebooter is a logical development.
Freebooter was born out of the main elements that characterize the area. It used to be a place where boats were constantly present. This is why I decided to use the elements related to navigation and interpret them according to my vision: the wooden structure typical of the sailing ships and traditional Dutch architecture inspired the construction technology and the feeling of the new interiors; the openness of the floor plan, the change in height according to the function of the room follows basic principle of ship engineering; the transparency of the facades, the balconies and terraces, create a feeling of standing on a ship’s deck, and still preserving privacy and comfort.
The fluidity of the water that carries the ship and the wind that blows its veils inspired both the floor plan, the interiors and the pattern of shading structure.
With this building I want to bring back the historic memories of the area and give the new inhabitants the feeling of belonging to it since centuries ago.