Mahler 4 Tower, Rafael Vinoly Amsterdam Building, Architect, Photo, Dutch High-Rise Project, Date, Holland

Mahler 4 Office Tower

Building in Zuidas district, The Netherlands: Amsterdam Office Architecture design by Rafael Vinoly

22 Jan 2007

Mahler 4 Office Tower Building

Date built: 2005

Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Mahler 4 Office Tower, Amsterdam building
image © Raoul Suermondt from Rafael Viñoly Architects 220107

Building area: 160,000-sqm (1,722,225-sqft)

The Mahler 4 Office Tower is a mixed-use development in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, an ambitious urban regeneration project located approximately halfway between the city center and Schiphol Airport.

The master plan mandated a specific zoning envelope for each building in the development, resulting in the traditional base, shaft, and crown structure of high-rise buildings, here angled in plan to yield a more dynamic urban composition. Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design sought to reinvent this tripartite building structure, unifying the three tower volumes into a singular, dynamic composition through the use of an exterior stair and vertical aluminum mullions.

Subtracting a narrow, spiral volume from the building mass to animate each elevation, the exterior fire escape wraps the structure and enlivens the façades.

This staircase provides a fair-weather alternative to the two elevator cores and creates exterior spaces that office workers can use for informal gatherings, or that can be programmed as small gardens and outdoor plazas.

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Rafael Vinoly Architects, NYC, USA

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Western Europe

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