Wood In Architecture Issue 2, 2020

STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS 59 WOOD IN ARCHITECTURE • ISSUE 2 • 2020 T he two residences on Amsterdam’s Zeeburgereiland were created with biophilic living in mind. The project is an expression of the studio’s philosophy of designing with the end- user’s experience and wellbeing in mind. “We are part of nature in a deep and fundamental way, but in our modern lives we’ve lost that connection. Our studio envisions home and city design that respects both inhabitants and the environment, reconnecting both in the process,” said Giacomo Garziano, architect, designer and founder of GG-loop. “Freebooter is a response to that as I see biophilic design as the key to truly innovative design, balancing the technical aspects of environmentally conscious construction with the qualitative, lived- in experience of an organic and natural space,” Garziano said. Garziano studied the year-round movement of the sun to ensure optimal positioning of the buiidling's louvers. Photographs: Francisco Nogueira