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Westbeat residential and business complex wins Golden Monkey Award for Architecture: 'Origin of the Neighborhood'

Westbeat residential and business complex wins Golden Monkey Award for Architecture: ‘Origin of the Neighborhood’

The Westbeat Central District, designated for residents and neighborhood resting places.Photo by Frans Parthesius

Westbeat is a mix of live and work, with a great central space to suit all types of activities. It is located near Lelylaan Station in Nieuw-West. The jury calls it a welcome addition to the environment and praises the importance of the job mix. “An oil slick is an important criterion.” This means that any small initiative can grow into something big and impactful.

Design ideas and solutions from the project can also be applied elsewhere in the city. According to a jury, this makes it a perfect and original project for the neighborhood.

Audiences add that Westbeat is a literal and figurative bridge between two areas. It is a link between residents, visitors, employees and business. It provides a space for art and culture and at the same time provides shelter for people who want to work in peace. The audience jury believes Westbeat could become a vibrant new place in Amsterdam. The complex, with its impressive arch-shaped windows, is built on a former passage to Delflandlaan.

Ten projects were nominated for the award, including Thonik’s office in Wibautstraat, Pontkade at NDSM wharf, The George on the Zuidas, and the nearby New Court. The award has been organized by Arcam Architecture Center since 2008.

Westbeat's signature arched windows.  Photo by Frans Parthesius
Westbeat’s signature arched windows.Photo by Frans Parthesius

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