Harbor Island West Block 11ab
|New construction location||IJburg|
|Architect||KCAP Architects and Planners , Visser Van Aalderen Architecten, BPvF|
|Project name||Harbor Island West Block 11ab|
Haveneiland West Block 11ab: third place at the Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2007
KCAP's urban development plan sought to create a large architectural cohesion within which the building parts of the various architects had to be recognizable as independent buildings. The urban plan emphasized the intended cohesion in the block by means of extensive material and color proposals. In the design, the masses of the building parts become independent buildings through the treatment of the facade. The facade is a fabric of masonry; piers and bands that fold all the way around the buildings. The notion of a skin or fabric that 'folds over' is reinforced by the limited plastic that only takes place in the thickness of the facade (compare warp and weft in fabric). The facades seem light despite the heavy material. The starting point for all floor plans is that a house is made up of spaces with its own identity and does not consist of a sum of functions. For example, each floor plan has the option of using certain rooms for different functions, depending on the interpretation of the residents. The hall of the apartments is the hub, around which there are spaces that can be linked and used in various ways. The 'water houses', with a 17-meter-long façade along the water, have many uses. The detailed map is one of the options.
Het Parool about Haveneiland West block 11AB: A part of the city with buildings instead of walls
The similarity between the two blocks on IJburg, which according to the jury of the Nieuwbouwprijs belong in the top ten, is remarkable. Just like Rieteiland West Blok 3a, described last week, Haveneiland West Blok 11ab is also designed as a large rectangle with inner courts. And just like architect Thijs Asselbergs on Rieteiland, Irma van Oort (42) and Evert Dorresteijn (41) of architectural firm KCAP opted for 'urban outer walls and soft inner surfaces'. But the complex on Haveneiland is much larger: 155 homes, both for sale and (social) rental, plus a residential care complex and commercial spaces. Moreover, it is intersected by one of the canals that characterize IJburg. And then Van Oort and Dorresteijn were also bound by strict architectural rules, and the market deteriorated after the turn of the century. Nevertheless, they are proud that their original design was allowed to remain intact by developer IJ-Delta, in which Woningstichting Zomers Buiten, Bouwfonds, Era Bouw and Smits Bouwbedrijf work together. “We wanted a part of the city with a lot of variation and various types of housing,” says Irma van Oort, “buildings instead of walls.” They cut their plan into smaller blocks, which differ in color and were designed by three different architectural firms; besides KCAP also the couples Hugo Beschoor Plug with Isabel von Fournier and Ruth Visser with Markus van Aalderen. The result was well received by the jury that put together the top ten. “That variation of facades does not make the block monotonous,” said Pablo Herrera. The play area in the courtyard that opens onto the water was quite a concern for Ans van der Hall. “We wanted to involve the water,” explains architect Van Oort, “and we wanted to create play areas between the houses. For that we had to group them very cleverly. ” The residents are very pleased with the courtyards ('intimacy and cosiness'), the diversity and 'human scale' of their homes and the light spaces in which they live. They give an average of a good eight as a report mark. “I consider that a special compliment,” Dorresteijn responds. “It always has to be clear whether the residents handle it the way you intend.” As an example, the architects give the water houses, which they situated in remaining narrow, long lots along the canal. Pauline Briesum (45) lives in one of them with her husband. “We used to live in Hilversum, but my husband is happy to be back in Amsterdam,” she says. “He works here, and we mainly wanted to get out of Hilversum because of the traffic jams.” “We often drove past IJburg, and then just walked into the sales office once, without really orienting ourselves to other places in Amsterdam. We love water, and this house is located fifteen meters along this canal. ” For their house, with 195 square meters over three floors, they paid 485,000 euros, including a space in the parking garage. “IJburg took some getting used to,” admits Briesum. “I was attached to that cozy van 't Gooi. But now I like it very much. Many young people live around the courtyard. And many children who live elsewhere also come here. And I think it's nice that IJburg is gradually becoming a bit more multicultural. ”