Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2011
|Winner||The Funen – Verdana|
|Second Prize||Ropes yard|
|Third Prize||The Facet|
|Other nominees||Amsterdam Symphony|
|Fannius Scholtenbuurt – Block AB11 and 17|
|Haveneiland East – Block 56B|
|Kinkerbuurt – Complex 1005 Block C2|
Press release: Het Funen – Verdana wins Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2011
The Funen – Verdana wins Amsterdam New Construction Award 2011 For the fifth time, the Amsterdammers have voted for the best housing project of the past year. Alderman Freek Ossel announced the winner in the AT5 news. The prize was awarded to the residents, the client Heijmans Vastgoed, the architect NL Architects and the builder Heijmans Residential Building. The Funen – Verdana is one of the sixteen unique buildings in the courtyard of Het Funen on the east side of the Centrum district. Cars do not have access to the site and the houses are, as it were, in a city park. Over the past three years, Het Funen has consistently made it into the top ten and this year the site has finally been rewarded with a winner. Verdana's ten residences are arranged back-to-back on a corridor in the center of the block. By placing the functional spaces in the 'dark' part of the building, the houses are oriented towards their surroundings with large windows. The patios with a view of the undulating roof also provide daylight and special outdoor space. This characteristic roof, the 'fifth facade', is covered with sedum. The Funen – Verdana received 19.7% of the vote. The Touwenterrein on the Realeneiland finished in second place with 12.8% of the votes and in third place Het Facet in West with 11.9% of the votes.
THE PAROOL: NEW BUILDING PRICE TO VERDANA, FUNENPARK
Under the watchful eye of neighbor Lodewijk Asscher, alderman Freek Ossel awarded the Amsterdam New Construction Prize to the residents, architects and developers of Verdana yesterday afternoon. That is the final piece of the Funenpark completed last year. The festivities took place at the winning building. Designer Kamiel Klaasse and his team of NL Architects were thrilled that another residential building they had designed, the Touwenterrein on Realeneiland, was awarded second place in the New Construction Prize. “We are very happy,” replied Klaasse. “It is all very unexpected. But apparently there is something sympathetic about such a building. ” Frits van Dongen, inventor of the Funenpark master plan and now Chief Government Architect, congratulated the winners: “This proves that sticking to a good idea pays off.” The New Construction Prize is also a reward for developer and builder Heijmans. In the previous three years, residential buildings at Funenpark always participated, but they have not yet won a first prize. At the Amsterdam New Construction Award, this year for the fifth time, it is not experts but residents who designate the best housing project of the previous year. Last year, Crystal Court, a luxury residential building in Buitenveldert, won. In 2009 this was a row of mansions on IJburg, in 2008 the striking Schutterstoren in Osdorp, and for the first time the Monnik, a new building in the middle of the Red Light District.