Koningshof – Water houses
|Client||Delta Royal ( Rochdale , UBA , MJ de Nijs Project Development )|
|Project name||Koningshof – Water houses|
|Builder||Construction company MJ de Nijs en Zonen|
Koningshof: second place at the Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2010
Koningshof is located on the green outer edge of Amsterdam Southeast. The green and water-rich district consists mainly of low-rise buildings. The 22 water houses are adjacent to the water at the rear. The houses have wooden terraces floating above the water. The water houses consist of two floors and have a surface area of 100 m2. A roof terrace is situated on the second floor, but it also offers space for a roof structure. If that structure has been chosen, the roof terrace will surround the structure, giving the residents a view of the water and greenery from all sides. All houses have a front garden with parking for car and bicycles. The houses are built from a dark stone that provides robust, sturdy volumes.
Het Parool about Koningshof – Waterwoningen: Exuberant versus sober, effective and efficient
And now the other end. Where the Koningshoef apartment building once stood, you can clearly see the transformation of the Bijlmer. On the one hand, the Kraaiennest shopping center and the old honeycomb flats of the Bijlmer Museum. On the other side, streets with new low-rise buildings of all shapes and sizes, along the lowered 's-Gravendijkdreef. Delta Forte, the development department of the Rochdale housing association, has built a large number of homes there, together with the contractors UBA and De Nijs, thirty percent for social rent and the rest for sale. But at your own risk, without waiting until a certain percentage has already been bought from paper. It was a lesson, explains Willem van der Steen (59), project manager at Delta Forte. “In ten years, the ratio has shifted to what the market demands; that is now decisive. ” An initial set-up for this neighborhood included more expensive homes, but they sold 'badly or not'. “Rochdale has taken over and rented out part of it; that went well. ” With that experience in mind, architect Neelu Boparai (39) was commissioned to design the 'golden edge' of the neighborhood: single-family homes with a terrace on the water. But after a change in the target group, that had to be sober, effective and efficient. Boparai calls it a challenge. “It is a very beautiful location with a high potential, on the water, along the Bijlmerpark. And that unique place had to be accessible to everyone. ” The residents of the 22 homes are very happy with the result: they gave an 8.1. Marion Hamel (49) and Lucien Felicien (53) think their new home is more than beautiful. When their Gerenstein apartment building was demolished in 1991, they moved to a rental home in Nieuw Sloten. Buying there was too expensive for them, but when they saw a drawing by Koningshof, they were immediately enthusiastic. “I saw that folder and said, Wow, this is it! We did not look any further, ”says Hamel. “It's really great what has changed so much here at the Bijlmer.” “In the past, in that six-storey flat,” adds Felicien, “you were only home when you closed your own door behind you. Now you are already home when you enter the street. Here it is as if you are on vacation. ” The jury also fell for this row of houses. “You don't go crazy,” says Willemijn van Kempen, “but it is absolutely value for money.” William Kobossen mainly points to the importance of the revitalization of the Bijlmer. He himself lives in an owner-occupied home on the former location of the Eeftink apartment building, to which he awarded an eight. He paid 250,000 euros for it. The Koningshof houses are even cheaper: 232,000 euros for no less than one hundred square meters. “An excellent price / quality ratio,” judges jury member Stef Hehemann. “Everyone can enjoy this,” says architect Boparai with satisfaction. “I was extremely surprised by the high rating. The houses are not at all eye-catching or luxurious. But that people enjoy living there, I wish them that. I design for them. ”