The project near Amersfoort consists of two buildings that are closely related in architecture, but differ because of their specific conditions. One has an elongated façade along the square; the other is visible from afar, attracting attention with a clock. The architect firm Attika Architekten used continuous grid of brick piers and white concrete beams to decorate the intersection with 22 emoticons.
A Netherlands building that boasts 22 millennial-friendly emojis on its facade is eliciting both sighs of despair and laughs of resignation from the architecture community.
The structure, which faces a leafy square in the city of Amersfoort, has shops on the ground floor and apartments above. Though it finished construction in 2015, the concrete-cast emojis were installed recently and official photos were released. The designer of this witty façade, Changiz Tehrani is happy with the building, called Plein Rond de Eik, and claims it’s an undeniable sign of the times. He said “In classical architecture they used heads of the king or whatever, and they put that on the façade, So we were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say, ‘Hey, this is from that year!” (Heads of kings are, like, so 1917).
Client: MAB Development, Stable International
Architects: Attika Architekten
Location: Leeghwater, Amersfoort
Area: 2000.0 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Bart van Hoek
Manufacturers: Reynaers Aluminium
Contractor: Heijmans/ Duta Vermeer
Structural Engineer: Van de Laar
Designer: Changiz Tehrani