Rotterdam, NL | Amsterdam, NL
After the complex surgical operation in the dense urban fabric of the Haarlemmerbuurt, the commission for a total of four plots in Hoogte Kadijk and Laagte Kadijk was a logical extension.
The narrow insertions in Hoogte Kadijk, whose verticality is emphasised, follow the rhythm of the street wall. In Laagte Kadijk, where there is no such traditional rhythm, the front elevations are broader. The housing in all four projects displays an efficient interior design. Access is as compact as possible, with a central staircase or an entrance on the garden side accessible via a corridor. The entrance in each project has been given a character of its own through the deployment of materials, colour and light.
The apartments in Laagte Kadijk are broad owner-occupied homes with an almost square ground plan; the rented council apartments in Hoogte Kadijk are narrow and deep; the double plot has two loft-style apartments on each floor, while the narrow plot contains a two-storey and a three-storey maisonette.
The front elevations openly allude to historical examples. In Hoogte Kadijk the red brick, the relief in the façade and the robust frames of the transom lights add a dash of the Amsterdam School to this architecture. The only ‘cosmetic details’ in the flat, stack-bonded walls above a smooth concrete plinth in Laagte Kadijk are the hinges of the outward-opening doors that stand out from the aluminium frames as a functional ornament. They indirectly recall Otto Wagner’s Postsparkasse in Vienna. The strict rhythm in which these doors are distributed over the façade alludes to warehouse architecture rather than traditional housing.
Location: Amsterdam, NL
My Role: Architect