The new Senang residential block is smack dab in the middle of one of the world’s busiest, and most historic, cities. This new project by M3H Architects is a sustainable dream that’s packed with features designed to make the world a better place for the modern era as it honors local history.

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Residential block with trees and large windows

Rather than gas, residents here use a collective heat pump to provide heat for their homes. This then creates a thermal storage system. During the summer months, cold water is pumped in from an underground well. In winter, the water is pumped and heated thanks to a heat exchanger that extracts energy from the groundwater to cool or heat the water as needed.

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Cars parked outside the building

All the houses also have triple glazing to prevent heat and cold loss along with a heat recovery installation to provide ventilation. Meanwhile, the roofs are covered with solar panels.

A person walking down the street outside the building

The Senang residential block encompasses 118 rental homes. Additionally, the area includes three commercial spaces while three of the entrances have floating mailboxes in a steel frame with masonry bands above. Further, galleries and shared balconies create interconnection within the space.

Inside the complex with white balconies and greenery

The block’s architecture is based on 19th-century designs, like the city around it. However, this new block is all modern and definitely designed with a modern worldview in mind.

From one of the floors of the building overseeing the common area

Courtyards and green spaces have been integrated into the design to provide space for other types of living things, such as trees that surround the buildings. It’s an oasis of sustainable, Earth-friendly design with a 19th-century look and totally modern features right in the heart of historic, bustling and busy Amsterdam.

This is the Senang residential block. M3H Architects were able to blend history, sustainability and modern design while keeping the planet in mind.

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