Ravel Residence Student Housing

Ravel Residence Student HousingRavel Residence Student Housing

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.

(photocredits; JW Kaldenbach)

Watching the Installation of Sculptures in Amsterdam by ArtZuid

Watching the Installation of Sculptures in Amsterdam by ArtZuid

ArtZuid is an open air sculpture biennial in Amsterdam’s Southern district in The Netherlands. The free accessible exhibition premiered in 2009. As we speak, In May 2015, the fourth edition of ArtZuid, curated by Rudi Fuchs, is being installed. We, at Mimi Berlin, went to see the humongous sculptures, made by international artists, being placed at the Apollolaan and Minervalaan. And that alone is worth a visit… About 66 sculptures will be on show by artists such as Jaume Plensa, Markus Lüpertz, Hans Josephsohn, Per Kirkeby, Michael Craig and Georg Baselitz (amongst many others). The ArtZuid Sculpture Route is 2,8 km long, which will make do for a nice art-stroll through the luscious streets of the “Old South” quarters in Amsterdam. (photocredits; ©JW Kaldenbach/ArtZuid)

We will be visiting this exhibition when it’s ready as well! It will be opened by Princess Beatrix on the 22nd of May and is open till the 22nd of September.

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