Het Baken – which translates as “The Beacon” – cuts a striking figure among the residential development Vijfhoek, part of Deventer’s vinex area, in the Netherlands. The 22-apartment residential building deliberately breaks the monotony created by its fellow two- and three-storey houses. Its oblique lines and boulder-like figure were created by design firm KCAP Architects & Planners based on site lines and the effect of shadow. The ground floor acts as a transparent plinth, and houses the daycare. Above that, the unusual architecture creates a wide variety of apartment floor plans. And while the construction may look complicated, it allowed for the use of many prefabricated components. A beacon, indeed!