Fantastic living with phenomenal views!
A unique opportunity: a wonderfully bright and stylish apartment of approx. 127 sq. m. on the 4th floor of an iconic 12-storey building. Known as De Wolkenkrabber (‘The Skyscraper’), this residential tower dates from 1932 and was designed by J.F. Staal, student of the great architect H.P. Berlage. The spacious apartment boasts phenomenal views, offers complete privacy and is strategically located between Amstel Station and the Zuidas business district. The new North-South metro line is within walking distance.
De Wolkenkrabber was constructed at a central location in Berlage’s Amsterdam Plan Zuid using materials that set the building apart: concrete, steel and glass. Its architecture features a wealth of authentic details and exudes the zeitgeist of the Modernist period: transparency, space, light and air. Each apartment’s three balconies complete the iconic character of this building.
The striking ‘12-storey house’, as it is also known, in the Amsterdam-Zuid district is a listed building that stands where three spacious avenues meet: Vrijheidslaan, Rooseveltlaan and Churchilllaan. The symmetrical tower has a stunning centrally located communal entrance with two lifts and a staircase separating the two apartments on each floor (no shared walls).
Secluded grandeur is the best description of the 4th-floor home that we are offering. This stylish three-room apartment offers great views, while maintaining contact with the streets below.
The front of the apartment offers a panoramic view over Amsterdam-Zuid, stretching all the way to the famous Berlage Bridge. The rear overlooks the almost village-like and leafy Merwedeplein.
The building was restored a few years ago for approximately three million euros, in close consultation with Amsterdam’s listed buildings and archaeology agency. The restoration work involved replacing all steel frames, doors and windows to the highest standards of insulation (against both cold and noise) while respecting the subtleties of the original design with its attractive hinged pivot windows, thus preserving the functionalist character of the building.
Ground floor: A communal period foyer with gorgeous marble throughout provides access to the two lifts and the striking staircase. The front door with its quirky porthole provides access to the apartment. You enter into a hall with cloakroom. A second front door across the hall provides access to the stairs.
In the apartment (completed ca. 1932), architect J.F. Staal makes unparalleled use of transparency as an architectural feature of the period: light pours in through the slender steel windows with their 270 degree view. This breath-taking clarity accentuates the open character and striking sightlines throughout the home.
The inspiring office space is both separate and inextricably one with the living room. It offers the possibility to work in peace and to communicate via video connections.
The luxurious open kitchen features an appealing wooden island with bar and a stainless steel area with a large six-burner gas hob, double oven and extractor hood, and a separate steam oven (with warming drawer). The spacious china cabinet seems to melt into the wall, as does the double-door refrigerator. The kitchen provides access to one of three outdoor areas. This one faces west, where you can enjoy the evening sun.
The entire residence boasts high ceilings and a handsome wooden herringbone parquet floor. In the evening, a carefully considered lighting plan accentuates the deceptively simple minimalist look created by the New Pragmatism style of architecture. A Bose audio system is integrated in the living room and kitchen.
The master bedroom is generously sized. It boasts striking French doors that open onto the south-facing balcony overlooking the quiet Merwedeplein. The bathroom has been executed in a tasteful colour scheme and features a soaking tub, walk-in shower, two wash basins and sleekly designed mirrored cabinetry. The walk-in wardrobe can be accessed from the bathroom. A spacious toilet opens from the hall. Here you will also find plenty of storage space in the custom-made cupboards, which also conceal the washing machine and dryer. A second bedroom can be created easily (ask the estate agent for details).
The Netherlands’ first high-rise project is located in the Plan Zuid development, one of Amsterdam’s architectural highlights, dating from 1917.
You can do your daily shopping right around the corner and you will also find specialist shops in the immediate vicinity. Restaurants and a cafe are only a short walk away.
You’ll find parks and good schools nearby, and the concert hall is just ten minutes by bike. Artis Royal Zoo and the vibrant De Pijp district are also close by.
The central location, near the RAI and Amstel railway stations and the Zuidas business district, ensures easy accessibility by both car and public transport. Trams 4 or 12 and buses 62 or 65 will whisk you to the station or the city centre in no time.
When travelling further afield, you have quick access to the A1, A2 and A10 motorways, a rail link to Schiphol Airport from RAI Station and international rail services departing from Amstel Station.
AT A GLANCE
-Striking apartment in ‘De Wolkenkrabber’;
-Phenomenal 270-degree view;
-Very central location;
-Long-term lease paid off untill 31-03-2055, the application for perpetual leasehold has been made on time;
-Home owners' association fee € 212.32 net per month, € 365.12 gross per month including a national monument subsidy;
-Iconic new steel windows with HHR glass and pivot hinge;
-Block heating: costs €179,- (paid in advance);
-Active and professionally managed home owners’ association;
-Use of the large common basement (former boiler room) to be determined jointly;
-Transfer subject to agreement.
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