Sailboat, by FOA

FOA - Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Marina Service Building, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Copyright FOA)

Sailboat
Sailboat

The nautical iconographies are enormously popular in architecture. A building located at the waterfront almost directly starts echoing the sails that pass by - Antwerp, Dubai, Sydney - or the decks of luxury yachts - Valencia, Monaco - as the Top 10 chart here at Eikongraphia shows. The design for the city of Amersfoort in the Netherlands by Foreign Office Architects (FOA) does not fit in these sail- or deck-iconographies as it refers to the body of the sailboat, the actual ship.

The building, that is to be completed this year, echoes the form of the sailboats that are docked in front of it, but also inside of the building. A very direct expression of its program, in that sense. The duck-model that Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown found in Las Vegas, is another way of saying it.

In its representation the boat-storage part of the program is highlighted over the service area – a canteen, a meeting room, toilets, offices, and a stable (for cows). Surrealist Salvador Dali might have done it the other way around, making the whole building as a big cow, representing the stable.

FOA - Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Marina Service Building, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Copyright FOA)

FOA - Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Marina Service Building, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Copyright FOA)

FOA - Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Marina Service Building, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Copyright FOA)

FOA - Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Marina Service Building, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Copyright FOA) 

FOA - Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Marina Service Building, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Copyright FOA) 

FOA - Schipper Bosch, Amersfoort
Marina Service Building, Amersfoort, the Netherlands (Copyright FOA) 

The project is added to the Architects, and Representation pages.


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