Belvedere Tower is a top-heavy cross-shaped Dutch apartment block

Dutch architect René van Zuuk has completed an apartment building in the town of Hilversum featuring a cross-shaped plan that expands as it rises to accommodate more living units on the upper storeys.

The Belvedere Tower is surrounded by four-storey postwar apartment blocks and is positioned at the end of a cluster of 1980s modernist towers in the town south of Amsterdam.

Van Zuuk’s studio, which is based in the nearby city of Almere, has designed the tower to respond to the specific urban character of the site close to a busy bypass.

“Due to the tower’s prominent position the municipality desired a building that would be sculptural in form and architecturally iconic,” the studio explained.

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