stoepen in oost

We've been asked to design a building in Muiderpoort Amsterdam East. The building should stimulate the meeting of residents from the many different cultures. When I went walking through the neighborhood, I noticed that the sidewalk was used more than anywhere else in Amsterdam. The sidewalk led to the encounter of different people. It forms the backdrop for social life, it brings the culturally and ethnically diverse people together.
Usually sidewalks adapt to their surrounding buildings. I reversed this perspective and took the sidewalks as my starting point and created the buildings around them.