DASH #02 – The Luxury City Apartment

The second issue of DASH focuses on the emergence of the luxury city apartment. The articles range from historical explorations of luxurious apartments built in Paris and London in the late 19th century and the full-service apartments
realized in The Hague in the early 20th century to the emergence of enclaves for the wealthy in Brazil. There is also an article comparing the Dutch market with the market in Berlin and an account of the turbulent history of a luxury apartment complex in the Netherlands.

The power of the market and the role of developers is investigated in a discussion with Huub Smeets, CEO of Vesteda residential property developers, while the architect Winka Dubbeldam sheds light on the situation in New York. The projects discussed, including several recent examples in the Netherlands, are documented in detail.
The residential layouts, the collective spaces (entrance foyers) and the services and amenities in the luxury appartments are subject to specific requirements. What does this imply for the building and for the relationship between the building and the surrounding city?
With contributions by Monique Eleb, Dick van Gameren & Christoph Grafe, Vincent Kompier and Paul Meurs, among others Including projects by Herzog & de Meuron, awg architecten, Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza and Auguste Perret.




Plan Documentation

Plan Documentation The Luxury City Apartment

The plan documentation for the luxury city apartments in this second issue of DASH consists of a series of historic and recent, national and international projects, which we believe are representative and classical examples of the luxury apartment building. We looked abroad for the majority of our selections. In cities such as Chicago, New York, […]

Parque Cidade Jardim

São Paulo Escritório Técnico Julio Neves & Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura

The rise of privatized luxury domains, combining private residential, collective and commercial functions, has become unstoppable in Brazilian cities. Described as condomínios fechados, these impenetrable, closed enclaves are in effect vertical urban neighbourhoods. The Hygiénopolis neighbourhood in São Paulo marked the start of this development in the twentieth century. Along with their collective and commercial […]


New YorkHerzog & de Meuron Architekten AG

40BOND is a complex and contradictory experiment that anticipates a new type of building: a combination of townhouse and apartment building, a so-called diversité d’habitation(Domus 910, 98). Its mix of ingredients includes: dwelling type, artfully applied materials and a ‘close reading’ of the urban context and its graffiti ‘tags’. The building is a radical reinvention […]


AmsterdamAWG Architecten

What makes Detroit special is the discretion with which an impressive and ambitious programme has been inserted into the urban fabric of the Amsterdam Eastern Docklands. The ‘luxury along the river IJ’ development consists of a big assortment of rental apartments (82 units, 106 to 238 m2, with rents ranging from €1,500 to €5,000 per […]

Torres Blancas

MadridFrancisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza

Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza had intended Torres Blancas as a logo for construction company Huarte. Juan Huarte, who built some of Spain’s most prominent buildings in the 1960s and 1970s, was the initiator behind the ‘white towers’, the plural indicating that the original plan provided for two towers. Only one was built; the other […]

Lake Point Tower

ChicagoGeorge C. Schipporeit & John C. Heinrich Associates

Lake Point Tower is situated on North Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago, just north of the Chicago River. The foot of its Y-shape points northwards and overlooks the city (west) and Lake Michigan (east). With its undulating glass structure, the 197-m, asymmetrical tower block is based on two Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designs: […]


The HagueL.M. van den Berg en/and J.J. Groenema

The most striking housing development in The Hague during the interwar period was that of the ‘residential hotels’: large apartment buildings, designed especially for people returning from the Dutch East Indies, who were used to the luxury of staff but were now unable to afford it. Residential hotels like Huize Boschzicht, Parkflat Marlot, de Nirwanaflat, […]


AmsterdamF.A. Warners

At the start of the twentieth century, Dutch building regulations placed severe restrictions on high-rises. The maximum number of storeys in Amsterdam was four. Not surprisingly then, plans for high-rise buildings never left the drawing-board. The general public was not in favour of high-rises and cherished the ideal of the detached house with a private […]

119 Avenue de Wagram

ParisAuguste & Gustave Perret

Auguste Perret (1874-1954) did not shun contradictions, neither in his finished work nor in his writings. Twin concepts such as frame and infill, order and chaos, and permanent and transient play an important role in both his theoretical treatises and his building practice. Perhaps this love of polar opposites explains why the brilliant student Perret […]

Albert Hall Mansions

LondonRichard Norman Shaw

Albert Hall Mansions, directly adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall in the exclusive London neighbourhood Knightsbridge, consists of three blocks of luxury apartments. They were designed by architect Richard Norman Shaw (1831-1912), who received the commission in 1878, two years after he had been hired to draw new façades for a design by architects Driver […]