Q-railing has provided its Easy Glass Pro railing system for a picturesque rooftop garden in Amsterdam. To the south of the city, the architectural team of Hans van Heeswijk Architecten has transformed a 1960s block of flats into a modern building containing both residential and office space. The feature that really sets it apart is a magnificent rooftop garden, from which the residents can enjoy panoramic views of the city.
The De Boel building was originally constructed in 1964. It is a so-called galerijflat – that is to say, a block in which the flats are entered from galleries running the full width of the façade. The construction work was awarded to architectural contractor Van der Leij, together with De Dakdokters and Glaswacht Zaanstreek. It was completed in 2016, and De Boel now incorporates 3,000 square meters of office space, as well as 144 renovated flats of 70 m2 each and 10 mid-market penthouses of 108 m2 e
This rooftop oasis offers spectacular views of the city. Although safety barriers were an essential feature, the architect was keen that they should be practically invisible. Q-railing’s Easy Glass Pro railing system was the perfect solution, combining maximum transparency with the highest standards of safety. In this case, the glass infills do not even have a cap rail, as the client requested glass with a minimalist U-shaped stainless steel Q-railing profile on top. The 245 metres of glass railing also provide a useful wind break, for the comfort of anyone relaxing in the garden.
Architect Dick de Gunst from Hans van Heeswijk Architecten was delighted with the results, and said: "The Easy Glass Pro system certainly helped turn the vision into reality. It’s a fantastic product. The way it lets you create near-invisible railings without sacrificing any safety is truly impressive."
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