Amsterdam Houthaven is an idyllic location with a captivating history. In former years, a visitor of the Houthaven would see floating timber as far as the eye could see. Today, the oldest dock of Amsterdam is being transformed into a modern residential district fit for the 21st century.
In June 2016 Porten Development, together with Vorm Ontwikkeling, won the public tendering procedure for Houthavens 3B. On the third island, Reval Isle of Houthavens (3B), the LIFE building is under construction. A waterfront location on the banks of the IJ River, on a green and sustainable island, where the panoramic view changes colour every day. LIFE is the ultimate mixture of urban development. It combines intramural care, care for elderly people, a pharmacy and restaurant care services, social housing, free rental apartments, and private apartments. The building, a timeless example of the Amsterdam School architecture style, by VAN AKEN, comprises beautiful and stylish apartments, two-storey maisonettes, boutique apartments, and splendid penthouses.
LIFE also comes with an underground car park within the building, a spacious, covered bicycle storage facility, storage facilities for the apartments, and a green, private inner court yard for residents.
In order to meet the most stringent energy label demands, solar panels are placed on the roof. LIFE has been bought by Bouwinvest Health Care fund, Habion and private investors.