The Autopon, an elegantly curved version of the ‘unite d’habitation’ at the Overtoom in Amsterdam by architect J.B. Ingwersen was designed in 1955 as a car showroom. It also contains 56 apartments. One of the rooms spectacularly sticks out off the facade. It is suspended in the air by a ‘concrete hand’.
Later, the car dealer became a furniture shop. King-size beds were on display in the protruding showcase. A great place for a wedding night?
Recently fitness club David Lloyd moved in. Potentially the perfect match between content and form: the hovering glass box is the ultimate setting for a workout.
But somehow the club decided to use the space differently; it is now a storage space! The exhilarating box is clad with frustratingly banal posters. An inferior version of the sensational billboard it should have been…