The Resilient Man
|Client||The Alliance Project Development|
|Architect||Geusebroek Stefanova architectural firm|
|Project name||The Resilient Man|
De Weerbare Man: nominated for the Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2007
De Weerbare Man is a new construction project that blends harmoniously into the characteristic street scene of the Pijp. In the tradition of the nineteenth century, architect and artist have worked together. De Weerbare Man is part of the project De Hollandse Meesters. This project consists of four new construction projects and a renovation project. The name De Hollandse Meesters was chosen because the street names in the Pijp bear the names of well-known seventeenth-century Dutch painters. The Weerbare Man, for example, owes its name to a well-known canvas by painter Govert Flinck. The project, located on Govert Flinckstraat, has nine owner-occupied homes. Striking features of the new building are the sleek white steel frames, the high plinth with basement houses, the storey-high windows with French balconies and integrated flower boxes and the windows in the roof molding under the dormer windows. Special are the front doors designed and made by the artist Piet Hein Eek. Special about the plans is the use of a solid core with sanitary and technical facilities and a free beech with flexible layout options.
Het Parool about De Weerbare Man: Modern in a classic environment
It cannot be without significance that one architect duo appears twice in the top ten for the New Construction Prize. Peter Geusebroek and Svetla Stefanova, the architects of De Monnik (see last Friday's newspaper), are also responsible for the Dutch Masters, six projects close together in De Pijp that were carried out on behalf of the housing corporation De Alliantie. “We were asked precisely because of our experience with inner-city projects,” says Svetla Stefanova (37), who joined her colleague Geusebroek seven years ago. “We were already working on De Monnik at the time.” It's no wonder they show up in this series. “We have a clear preference for building in the existing environment,” explains Stefanova. And this is not necessarily about new construction. Of the six projects in De Pijp, the architects opted for renovation in one case (on Eerste Van der Helststraat). The first of those six projects is now competing for the New Construction Prize: De Weerbare Man, a block of nine homes on Govert Flinckstraat. The Resilient Man is the title of a painting by Flinck, hence. Working in the middle of a residential area did cause the necessary problems. For example, the Oud Zuid district suddenly decided that the rear façade could not go any further than the former building. Stefanova: “We had to adjust our entire plan.” “Anyway, removing something from the rear wall can be solved. Just like with De Monnik, the street side was the biggest challenge for us, ”Stefanova describes. “That's very important in this kind of environment.” “We took a very good look at the characteristic facades in the Pijp. Our strength is: the houses are modern, but also fit effortlessly into the nineteenth-century environment, in the perspective of the street. And they are richly detailed. ” The jury that selected the top ten fully agreed. “It fits very well with the street scene,” said Angela Desmet. Pablo Herrera praises the way the details are finished. “And the houses have beautiful doors,” all judges note. The doors are indeed the eye-catcher of these homes. They were designed by Piet Hein Eek, who opted for a whole series of digits where the own house number immediately stands out. The residents themselves also explicitly mentioned the doors when submitting their report. Simone Vlaar (34) is one of those satisfied residents (average score: 9.7). “After living in Madrid for two years, I started looking for something in Amsterdam from a temporary home in Alkmaar. Preferably in De Pijp, because it was impossible to afford in the Jordaan or along the canals. ” Three years ago she came across the offer for this house: 75 square meters for 260,000 euros. There is no garage, but a bicycle shed and – as the most important plus – sixty square meters of garden. “That wasn't even that expensive for Amsterdam,” says Vlaar. “My apartment is big enough for me, and because you can change the room layout, you don't have to move quickly.”