The Four Worlds

The Four Worlds

Mei architects and planners
Spijkenisse, Netherlands | View Map
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Jeroen Musch

The Four Worlds

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n the Dijkzone (a dike zone) in Spijkenisse the 'Four Worlds' is being realised. An out-of-the-ordinary apartment complex bordering straight on the Old Meuse river. Visually, the building is divided into four separate parts referring to the neighbourhood structure that is typical of Spijkenisse. Every neighbourhood will have its own identity, enhanced by the use that is made of specific materials. Meeting places are important elements of the design. The building has a recreational deck offering amongst others barbecuing facilities, a petanque court, a tennis court and a large greenhouse. In addition, the randomly staggered balconies invite residents to strike up a conversation with their neighbours. Artist Milou van Ham collected hundreds of words that represent Spijkenisse’s identity. These words have been cast into the façade and balcony elements.

Two layers of words can be distinguished. The first layer is vertically legible at a distance of around 300 metres from the building. The second layer is legible from the apartment balconies. Words have also been applied in a grid underneath the balconies.

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