The Xavier residential complex is in the heart of the Amsterdam Zuidas business district. A unique characteristic of the urban development plan of this part of the city is that the various towers have been envisioned as separate "urban palaces". In Lot 4, the 22-storey Xavier residential tower, together with two 7-storey urban villas, form a U-shaped block with an opening oriented to the south. This creates a unique small-scale courtyard at ground level and a particularly pleasant living environment in this office-dominated district.
The apartments, with flexibly arranged floor plans, are becoming larger upwards, ranging from 60 m2 on the lower floors up to a 315 m2 penthouse in the crown. The stacking of varied housing types is made legible in the façade by 4 rings of surrounding balconies. This gives the tower a special articulation and a recognizable, iconic appearance, both from nearby and from the distant Amsterdam ring road. This articulation also ensures that the building has a recognizable identity for the residents. The facade scheme of the repetitive windows, the expressive balconies and the gray-tinted brick give Xavier a refined and also sturdy, metropolitan appearance. The building explicitly claims its place among the impressive office buildings and yet stands out as a genuine residential building.
Client: Zuidschans C.V. (AM/BPD) & Achmea
Photography: Roos Aldershoff
Artist Impression: Theo van Leur