Zuidas Architecture – On Cloud 9 with Xavier

Date : 13/02/2019

Zuidas is renowned for its pioneering work in architecture. As it matures into an international quarter of Amsterdam, buildings in Zuidas are shooting up right and left. Amidst all these modern skyscrapers, it may be difficult to imagine that just about 20 years ago this stretch of land connecting the residential neighbourhoods of Zuid and Buitenveldert consisted mostly of tennis courts and football pitches. In this series we zoom in on the architecture of Zuidas. This time we take a closer look at the Xavier residential building.

Zuidas boasts a wealth of impressive office buildings, and in recent years more and more equally awe-inspiring residential towers have been added to the mix. The new Xavier residential building is a prime example: stately, stylish and above all: spacious. At over 75 metres high, Xavier is a formidable residential tower with a modern and bold design. The interior was designed accordingly and the grand foyer with a doorman maximizes the building’s spacious and luxurious feel. Other luxurious elements include the finishing details in

the apartments, including high ceilings and large windows that let in lots of light. Every apartment also has a balcony or rooftop terrace, allowing residents to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and stunning views in private.

The façades consist of a grid of layered masonry with vertical windows that become wider nearer the top of the tower, making
the building more transparent and allowing residents to enjoy even more spectacular views of the city from their apartments. By using a rich, nuanced brick combined with various bonds and frame depths, the buildings acquire a chic but ‘bold’ metropolitan look. Xavier will make you feel like you’re on Cloud 9.

FACTS

  • Most of the project names in the Zuidas area have something to do with music, from composers and violinists to conductors and more (Gerswhin, Mahler, Vivaldi, Miles building, Summertime, Intermezzo, Symphony, etc.). The name Xavier comes from the word Klavier, meaning piano, which led us to think of the gemstone Sapphire (this blue gem is the most powerful of gemstone, promoting love, purity, energy and harmony), which in turn led designers to come up with the name Xavier. With the X of Amsterdam, the name Xavier also literally means ‘new house’ in the Basque language.
  • An underground parking facility that provides parking spaces for up to 122 cars is hidden from view.
  • Xavier’s architectural style was inspired by typically Dutch urban design combined with elements from international styles. The ornamental edges from Manhattan are an example.