The Pyramids, Amsterdam, Holland

Soeters Van Eldonk
Date Built
The Marcanti Island
The Marcanti Island in Amsterdam's west end is a roughly triangular shaped plot of land that was developed in the 1970s accommodating staggered rows of low-rise terraced housing.  At the point where the "island" meets Jan van Galenstraat, these unusual residential blocks were added.  Apparently the original proposal was to build a single pyramidal tower that was 75 metres high.  The concept of the pyramid was to mirror the triangular shape of the site.  Objections about the height of the proposed tower led to a rethink resulting in this design of two interlinking pyramids on a raised plaza beneath which is an underground car park.  The complex includes 82 apartments.