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The Whale


residential complex adapted to the course of the sun

The scale, the angular forms and the zinc facade of 'The Whale' residential complex (also nicknamed 'The Sphinx') have given it an iconic status in the redeveloped harbour district of Amsterdam (Oostelijk Havengebied). It contrasts with the surroundings of low-rise dwellings like a 'meteorite' fallen from the skies.

The block contains a total of 214 apartments and was realised by architect Frits van Dongen in 2000.

The striking sculptural form with its angled top and underbelly ensures that all the dwellings and the courtyard garden enjoy sufficient sunlight, fresh air and open views.

How to get there?

tram10 - stop C. van Eesterenlaan
bus48, 65, 246, 759 - stop C. van Eesterenlaan

Photo Tour - Modern Architecture

  1. Headquarters ING Group
  2. Rembrandt Tower
  3. Eye
  4. Byzantium
  5. World Trade Center
  6. Nemo
  7. The Whale
  8. Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
  9. The Rock
  10. Public Library (OBA)
  11. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

whale whale

City district

Amsterdam Oost,
Borneo-Sporenburg neighborhood