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Apollolaan 171

The original JP Morgan bank office built in the late 1980s on Apollolaan – a prominent green avenue in Amsterdam’s south district – was a 20-meter tall structure with a largely opaque façade, isolated from its neighborhood with a mix of high-end office buildings, housing, and luxury hotels. The redeveloped Apollolaan 171, sitting on the preserved foundation of the demolished bank, replaces the monolithic structure with a design of a dual character: a transparent glass façade facing Apollolaan reveals an open and inviting contemporary high-end office building; a tactile brick façade on another side renders it a modest and delicate addition to the neighborhood, defined by the historical architecture of Berlage from the early twentieth century.