The area stands out as a residential and employment area close to urban functions and the city centre. Buildings and urban greenery alternate with one another in a campus-like setting, creating a varied residential environment.
The building faces all directions, creating a vibrant appearance all around. The underground car park supports a shared courtyard garden that has a light feel because the building is raised slightly above ground level. Due to the density of development in the district, providing sufficient daylight at street level was a key design objective, achieved by setbacks on the upper floors.
Spacious outdoor spaces read as continuous verandas whose designed ceilings make them feel like extensions of the interior space. From private verandas, behind the veil that wraps the building, residents can enjoy views of the water and of the centre of Amsterdam.
Outdoor spaces are vertically connected by the veil, composed of 7cm thin balcony railings and 880 slender concrete columns. The latter are made of high strength concrete (USHB) that can be shaped into slim components, lending the building a stone-like appearance. The skin that wraps the apartments is articulated with vertical aluminium profiles that are anodized a light shade of gold.
All apartments can be reached from three vertical points of circulation, accessed via entrance halls finished with oak panelling.
Sustainable materials used for The Line ensure its long lifespan. Facade components can be removed and recycled if and when required, and apartments are connected to a shared thermal storage installation, which provides cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. The shared garden contributes to biodiversity and the wellbeing of the residents.