The Line, Amsterdam

The delicate facade of Orange Architects’ 72-home apartment building on Amsterdam’s IJ waterfront include precast ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) elements that are just 60mm thick. The slightly tapered columns are up to 3.4m long, while the balcony decks are up to 6.5m with a cantilever of almost 2m from a reinforced concrete slab. Supplier HiCon estimates that, based on environmental product declarations, using UHPC has reduced the facade’s embodied carbon by 25%.

Photo Sebastian van Damme