Located between the dense city and the vast landscapes on the edge of Amsterdam, the new Sluishuis is shaped by its complex surroundings at once close to large infrastructure and to small‐scale urban settlements. The classical courtyard building is revitalized by two transformations; it fully embraces the idea of living on the water and appears different from every vantage point. Toward the water the block is lifted up, forming a large opening that brings water from the Ij Lake into the courtyard and brings daylight and views to the complex’s inner apartments. Toward the neighbouring urban district the block steps down like a cascade of landscaped terraces, creating a natural transition from cityscape to smaller scale, natural surroundings. Completely built on water, Sluishuis features 442 energy-neutral residences, a two-story underground car park below sea-level, houseboats lots, berths for pleasure crafts and commercial areas.