Program    2 apartments Timber Building
Client  Freebooter

Year    2015-ongoing
Location    Amsterdam (NL)
Area     257 sqm
Development Team    Johan Beijers, Giacomo Garziano
Design Team    Giacomo Garziano, Robbie Nijzen, Simone Peluso, Daniele Colombati, Jan-Willem Terlouw, Piergiorgio Angius, Krzysztof Zinger
Construction Engineering Pieters Bouwtechniek

Installations Engineering Mabutec
   with Vertex VR


Part of Zeeburg, Zeeburgereiland is a triangular artificial land next to the city center of Amsterdam. More than 100 years ago, Zeeburgereiland was born from the sediments of the river IJ to host the Dutch Navy. This area became a watershed of the river IJ splitting it into North side and South side.
Long before that, when the IJ was one, this water hosted the ships which were prepared to sail the oceans. These years sets the Dutch hegemony on a global level, the Gouden Eeuw began after 80 years of war to set the country free. Piet Hein was a commander of the Dutch navy, a privateer and considered also a freebooter. His ships were beautiful and its navy strong. They defeated all the opponents and made the Netherlands the one of the most acclaimed countries in the world, for art, military, industry, science, wealth. On a land that belongs to this water, a new ship is about to be built.
The 2 duplexes have a main core containing the vital functions related to nourishment (kitchen) and personal care (bathroom and toilets). Around it the resting area (master bedroom and single bedroom, studio) and the “living” area (living room and dining room) evolve fluidly. The open plan offers maximum flexibility. The living room merges with the dining room, the studio and the double height space. This loop continues through the stairs connecting to the resting area (master bedroom, single bedroom and studio) and the large terrace. As for the apartment 1, the view towards the river together with privacy and perfect light condition are guaranteed over the whole day in every room. The system of balconies and terraces creates continuity between inner spaces and outer spaces, enlarging the rooms and connecting them also from outside.

Freebooter was born out of the main elements which characterise the area. It used to be a place where ships were constantly present. This is why I decided to use the elements related to navigation and interpret them according to my vision: the wooden structure typical of the sailing ships and traditional Dutch architecture inspired the construction technology and the feeling of the new interiors; the openness of the floor plan, the changes in height according to the function of the room follows basic principle of ship engineering; the transparency of the façades, the balconies and terraces, create a feeling of standing on a ship’s deck, and still preserving privacy and comfort. The fluidity of the water that carries the ship and the wind that blows into its veils inspired both the floor plan, the interiors and the pattern of shading structure. With this building I want to bring back the historic memories of the area and give the new inhabitants the feeling of belonging to it since centuries ago.
Giacomo Garziano - GG-loop