Jonas Residential Building in IJburg, Amsterdam

An attractive building full of spaces complementary to private living

Orange Architects

Jonas is located at the harbor of Amsterdam IJburg and accommodates 190 mid-market rental studios, 83 owneroccupied apartments and a range of supporting facilities. It’s a building with an innovative housing concept and a spectacular spatial interior that received the highest possible sustainability certificate: BREEAM Outstanding. Jonas will enhance social cohesion, in what is still a new city district, by creating a sustainable, inviting heart for the neighbourhood. The name Jonas refers to the story of “Jonas and the Whale”. It stands for adventure, but also for protection and comfort inside a “big body”, but is also a sustainable and attractive building that stands out from the surrounding buildings in IJburg, if only because of the special site on the headland and the special program it accommodates. The building expresses in a striking manner themes that belong to this location: water, quayside and the craft of shipbuilding. As a result, Jonas feels natural, because the building embraces the “soul of the place” and renders it visible.

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