Raising a family in the city

Amsterdam Zuidas, Ravel

Expected start of construction 
Late 2024/early 2025

 75 mid-priced family apartments with an average size of 80 m2 (6,000 m2 GFO of homes). 
14 multifunctional areas of between 18 and 41 m2, spread across all floors.
11 floors, each with 6 or 7 homes per floor.
Ground floor featuring catering facilities, social facilities, a communal living room, a semi-basement bike park
(390 m2), storage areas, workshop/DIY areas, technical area and natural play facilities around the building.
Roof storey with three homes (included in the total of 75), two multifunctional greenhouses occupying 80 m2 of floor area, communal roof gardens, 300 m2 of technical areas, solar panels.

In the coming years, the business district Zuidas in Amsterdam will evolve to 
become a lively neighbourhood where people live and work. Plot A is one of the first residential plots to be developed in this green and practically car-free family district of Ravel. Following a selection procedure, the Municipality of Amsterdam has chosen the ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’ design which will result in the  development, construction and rental of 75 large mid-priced homes for families.

Tic-Tac-Toe offers a new residential concept in a rugged yet cosy residential area and is designed for families. The sculptural design with an earthy and light pink colour scheme unmistakably stands out within this urban park environment. To help residents raise a family in the city, we offer them flexibility in the floor plans, multifunctional communal areas and a child-friendly building layout. Tic-Tac-Toe consists of 75 mid-priced rental homes with  
an average size of 80 m2 and 14 multifunctional areas, all of which are perfectly suited for families of all sizes and cater to a diverse range of user preferences. The homes can be adjusted to suit the needs and wishes of families and children in various stages of life. Tic-Tac-Toe proves that comfortable living, working from home, experiencing nature, pleasant communal areas and community spirit can be combined within a single residential complex.

Proud to be pink
The building has a sculptured and malleable shape characterised by the shape and the positioning of the 100+ balconies. The sculptured design runs all the way up and into the roof. The multifaceted building with its interplay of lines on the facade makes it entirely unique while fitting within the general orientation of the neighbourhood. The building has a ton-sur-ton colour scheme. The light pink colour with earthy tones was selected to symbolise optimism and simultaneously fits in with and stands out from the natural environment. The light wooden elements of the facade combine with the light pink colour to give the building a natural look.

Nature inclusive
The multifaceted building is located in a neighbourhood park and provides a multitude of habitats for birds, bats and insects. Tic-Tac-Toe serves as an important stepping stone between Beatrix Park and Amstel Park. The building was designed to function as an ecosystem and integrates food, shelter, hiding places and areas where animals can rest. As most native species in our countryside live between the ground and the tops of trees, the nature-inclusive features of the building concentrate largely on the first 30m of the building. In this zone, a balance has been struck between plants -rooted in the ground to the greatest extent possible- and recesses in the facade that allow local wildlife to shelter. Nectar and fruit-rich climbing plants and colourful climbers such as parthenocissus, clematis, old man’s beard, grape hyacinth and honeysuckle will provide food and shelter. The first 30 metres provide habitats for small birds (sparrows, finches and blue tits) to forage and nest, as well as nectar-rich plants that attract both bats and insects. Towards the roof, the plants take on a rockier nature to suit animals that live at these heights such as swifts, starlings and bats.

Highly sustainable as standard
Tic-Tac-Toe is an energy-neutral, nature-inclusive, climate-adaptive and sustainably orientated residential complex. The roofs and balconies are equipped with rainwater storage facilities, the facades are equipped with integrated solar panels and nesting facilities for specific fauna, and the greenery on the facades will feature species native to the region. Instead of focusing on minimising the use of materials or the environmental footprint, the circularity concept is based on maximising the lifespan and potential uses of the areas on, in and around the building. The concrete construction will have a flexible structure with prefab pillars and a flat floor. The building structure will enable customisation and facilitate families at the various stages of their children’s development. The building will be connected to a communal thermal energy storage system. The BENG-2 performance rating is negative and amounts to -20 kWh/m2/year. The environmental performance (MPG) score amounts to €0,446 in environmental costs per m2 per year.