Studio Gang’s first project in continental Europe has been completed | Popgen Tech


For a firm with an office in Paris, it may come as a surprise that Studio Gang hasn’t had a single completed building in continental Europe – until now. Earlier this month, the firm celebrated the opening of Q Residences, a 297,000-square-foot apartment complex in Buitenveldert, a neighborhood in the south of Amsterdam and one of the capital’s last garden cities.

The 23-story Quartz, pictured here, is the tallest of the two buildings at Q Residences. (Kees Hummel)

Q Residences’ 248 apartments are divided between two buildings, Quartz and Qube. The most striking feature of the taller (23-story) Quartz are staggered white precast concrete balconies that groove and swing around the facade and shade apartments on the lower floors.

The eight-storey Qube is intended to engage in close dialogue with the surrounding post-war housing blocks. (Kees Hummel)

The tower is connected via a pedestrian plaza to Qube, its eight-story neighbor. Qube’s lower profile, more traditional massing and neutral color palette visually connect the Q Residences with the surrounding post-war apartment blocks.

Among its sustainable features is a high-performance heating and cooling system, in addition to a series of photovoltaic roof panels that power on-site electric car charging stations.

Quartz under construction (Kees Hummel)

“We designed Q Residences to strengthen residents’ connection with each other and with the abundant green spaces that define Buitenveldert,” Studio Gang Founder Principal Jeanne Gang said in a press release. “At ground level, Qube and Quartz form a new spacious public square that brings people together around art and landscape. And on Quartz, the balconies migrate in and out of the facade to extend lines of sight diagonally in all directions and allow residents to be part of the building and at the same time be in sync with the city and each other.”

Qube (Kees Hummel)

The project was developed by Kroonenberg Group in collaboration with NEOO. On the design side, Studio Gang worked with local fellow architect Rijnboutt as well as interior designer Piet Boon. The Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf created the plaza landscape in collaboration with Deltaformgroep.

“Q Residences is a good example of how to introduce density to Buitenveldert while using the principles of the General Expansion Plan. [Amsterdam’s General Expansion Plan],” said Rijnboutt Creative Director Frederik Vermeesch. “The project brings a high level of quality across all scales, from its urban design and architectural concept to its materials and details.”

(Kees Hummel)

Studio Gang opened its Paris outpost in 2017. Among his other current projects across the pond is a facility for the University of Chicago Center in Paris, which received honorable mention in AN‘s best design awards, unbuilt – educational category in 2021 and the renovation of an existing building complex in Paris, which is expected to be completed in 2026. And across the English Channel, the firm worked on an education facility for the Royal College of Art’s Battersea South campus.


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