THE SHAPE OF OTHER THINGS – day of Amsterdam architecture

IJDOk - Hotel Room Mate Aitana.

IJDOk – Hotel Room Mate Aitana.

Continuing our weekend of exploring Amsterdam on the second Dag van de architectuur, Mevrouw T and I rode the bikes along the Ij harbour from Centraal Station to the new development at IJ Dok.

Like it or loathe it, it’s certainly at the pointy end of Dutch design.

Although the buildings are a mix of apartments and businesses and government offices, the land is privately owned, so the street doesn't have an official name.

Although the buildings are a mix of apartments and businesses and government offices, the reclaimed land is privately owned, so the street doesn’t have an official name.

We weren't sure whether or not bike parking is legal here. The signs seem to be contradictory.

We weren’t sure whether or not bike parking is legal here. The signs appear to be contradictory. We tethered our steeds around the corner to be sure.

Holes have been left to allow a view of Centraal Station across the water.

Holes have been left to allow a view of Centraal Station across the water.

The last apartment in the complex sold a week or so ago. They were going for EUR500,000 to EUR1.8 million. The most expensive apartment is divided over nine floors. A bit inconvenient for that kind of money, I would have thought.

The last apartment in the complex sold a week or so ago. They were going for EUR500,000 to EUR1.8 million. The most expensive apartment is divided over nine floors. A bit inconvenient for that kind of money, I would have thought.

it's a bit of a wind tunnel, so the barriers here can be raised or lowered to provide some shelter when required.

it’s a bit of a wind tunnel, so the barriers here can be raised or lowered to provide some shelter when required.

Plenty of reflective surfaces and interesting angles.

Plenty of reflective surfaces and interesting angles for photographers.

Note the discreet messae written into the wrought iron.

Note the discreet message written into the wrought iron.

Cables in the internal structure stop it all from collapsing, one of the architects told us. Visitors are warned not to jump too vigorously when inside the cantilevered part.

Cables in the internal structure stop it all from collapsing, one of the architects told us. Visitors are warned not to jump too vigorously when inside the cantilevered part.

Nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there, was our assessment. What do you think?

Nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there, was our assessment. What do you think?

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7 responses to “THE SHAPE OF OTHER THINGS – day of Amsterdam architecture

  1. Ij harbour? Oh wait, you mean IJ harbour! :-)
    Some great shots there!

  2. Those are very peculiar architectural designs… not sure I’d like to live in one of those apartments; all in all, I’d prefer a cosy cottage with garden, thank you very much. :-)

  3. Amazing architecture but too sharp and straight for my liking, the reflections make for interesting photos.

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