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References - March 2024

(Not) a lock

Sluishuis Amsterdam (NL)

It looks like a lock (sluice), has the word in its name - and yet it is not: The Sluishuis (“sluice house“) offers living space directly in Amsterdam's harbour and is a spectacular landmark of a young, up-and-coming district.

The building juts out into the IJmeer to the east of the centre of Amsterdam like a gigantic ship’s bow. Built on artificial islands, the eleven-storey building creates a lot of living space: there is room for a whopping 442 flats on the 100 x 100 x 36 metre surface.

The relatively young IJburg neighbourhood has a good need for this, because as in many places, living space is also in short supply in the Dutch capital. The urban development project was launched in the late 1990s in response to the lack of housing in Amsterdam. Artificial islands were created on which around 24,000 people now live.

Triangular peephole
Some of them right on the water – like the residents of the Sluishuis. The sculptural building was designed by Barcode Architects and BIG Bjarke Ingels Group. A triangular cut-out in the corner of the building creates a picturesque view of the water and the surrounding landscape from the inner courtyard.

The clever material mix of aluminium and wood is also remarkable: the water is reflected on the aluminium façade, while the vertical formwork made of Douglas fir wood adds an exciting visual dynamic.

Keeping an eye on the environment
The building is technologically advanced and designed according to ecological criteria. It generates more energy than it consumes and has rainwater collectors for plant irrigation and a recycling system for process water. Heating is provided by energy-efficient district heating; heat pumps are used for hot water and cooling, while a photovoltaic system covers most of the electricity requirements.

Installation technology and bathroom products
Numerous Geberit products are integrated: The Duofix installation system with Geberit flushing technology (concealed cistern and actuator plate Sigma20) and the Pluvia roof drainage system ensure an efficient water infrastructure. Also installed are iCon WCs and washbasins as well as washbasins from the Smyle bathroom series.

Carl Belterman, Sales Manager of Geberit’s Dutch sales company, says: “The client Bouwinvest Residential Fund is investing for the long term and focusses on quality, a good price-performance ratio and sustainability. These themes are also reflected at Geberit.“

Design meets function

The Geberit iCon complete bathroom series is characterised by its straightforward design, clear lines and great flexibility. The extensive ceramic and bathroom furniture programme in a modern design language offers design freedom. The range includes solutions for creating more storage space and organisation and is also ideal for small bathrooms.