The Ravel Residence is a student community building situated at the Zuidas in Amsterdam, designed by John Bosch/Oeverzaaijer in 2012, construction of this modular building has started in the autumn of 2013 and was done by Jan Snel (tr; John Quick).
Although we live in Amsterdam, yesterday was the first time the building caught our eye, no wonder; it has just been completed.
We like it! It’s design is unusual by Amsterdam standards.
5 floors, with 800 apartments, covered with we don’t now how much, but many round windows framed in white plastic. The Ravel complex also houses commercial services such as a supermarket, grand café, temporary employment agency, cycle repair and launderette and on the roof there is space for urban farming and a basketball field. The rent for one dwelling is €495,- per month, but as we speak they are all rented out.
The funny thing is it will only be used for 12 years…..Why? The building of Ravel Residence was commissioned by Verweij Mungra Vastgoed BV. They rent small pieces of land from the city of Amsterdam for a period of time to build flexible student accommodations on, in order to eliminate the housing shortage for students and to make a living for themselves. So far team Verweij Mungra, Jan Snel and Oeverzaaijer has 2 student housing buildings in their portfolio.
Designer-architect Gae Aulenti lived in Milan until her death in 2012 at age 84. Photographer Leslie Williamson got an exclusive peek at Aulenti’s furniture-stuffed flat for her new book, Modern Originals.
Adventure #24: Homeowner Tosti. Our little chihuahua has many dreams, one of them was to own a house with a roof, the kind you draw when in first grade (with the pointy roof). Tosti felt is was time to fulfill his dream and went to work. He made the perfect maquette and sent it to the building company across the street. After two months the house was finished, but when Tosti saw his finished house his eyes became wet with tears. This house was a farce, an ugly builidng with painted on dreck! It looked nothing like the house with a roof he designed! Since it was finished already there was nothing our little hero could do but rent it out to a befriended homeless, gnome. That’s the story of how Tosti became a homeowner.
The perfect maquette made by Tosti
Tosti in front of his house with paited on dreck
What can we learn from this adventure? Always check up on others if you asked them to make something for you!
As you all know Mimi Berlin is found of dollhouses, (we even once created our own dream-houses) you can imagine our happiness when we stumbled upon these seriously designed dollhouses. We posted our favorite four out of a series of twenty houses, designed by famous architects.
Puzzle House by STUDIO EGRET WEST In collaboration with artist Andrew Logan
Play House by DRDH ARCHITECTS In collaboration with Anne Katrine Dolven
Coat of Many Colors is an exclusive virtual department store. But Coat of Many Colors is most definitely a real house as well, where everything you see is for sale. You can find vintage interior accessories, vintage clothing and many many more from the Coat of many colors collection. This weekend only, exclusive for us!! Visit and shop at Coat of many Colors Off-line in their actual location in the city centre of Amsterdam! Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 23, www.coatofmanycolors.nl