|Architect||Architectural firm Meijran Partners|
|number of residences||148|
Oostenburg: nominated for the Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2012
The Oostenburg complex was built in 1871 by NV Woningmaatschappij. It was an early example of social housing. Oostenburg offered space for 217 small homes. Most apartments had an area of approximately 35 m2, some of them were only 25 m2. The complex has been a municipal monument since 2005. Because the complex and the houses were dated and in poor technical condition, it was decided in close consultation with the residents to thoroughly renovate the property. To this end, foundation repairs took place and the building-physical qualities were improved. The houses were insulated with both heat and sound technology and equipped with mechanical ventilation and central heating. The inside of the building was stripped and refurbished with 78 small homes of 35-45 m2 and 70 larger homes of 70 m2. 63 of the original inhabitants indicated that they wanted to return.
Het Parool about Oostenburg: Modern house in an old neighborhood
In a corner of Oostenburg, between the former Stork site and the Wittenburgervaart, is a hidden village from 1872. In that year 217 workers' houses were built, between 25 and 35 square meters in size, with money from Freddy Heineken's grandfather, among other things. “Social housing avant la lettre, even before the Housing Act,” describes project manager Marieke Top (53) of housing corporation De Alliantie. The neighborhood is a municipal monument, partly because the design was attributed to Dolf van Gendt, the famous architect of (among other things) the factory halls on the nearby Stork site, the Concertgebouw and the Stadsschouwburg. However, it turns out to be the hand of father and son Willem Hamer – not even the least, as architects of the Vondelpark pavilion and hotel De l'Europe. Some time ago the foundation of these housing blocks turned out to be so bad that it had to be renewed immediately. A radical overhaul was linked to this, whereby the monumental character had to be preserved. “The cultural-historical value played an important role,” says Top. Such a large-scale renovation project was unique for contracting company Ooijevaar, says director Paul Vlaar (34). “We have treated the outside with respect. In fact, a lot of jointing was so good that we left it that way. But modern homes came in that meet the requirements of our time. You don't expect what you see inside outside. ” The complex had 148 new homes, half of them 45 square meters in size, the other eighty square meters. When designing this new layout, architect Paul Witte of Meijran Partners always had to compromise between the requirements of Heritage Conservation and the building regulations. The floors were not to be insulated as thoroughly as Witte wilde; if there is something to complain about by the residents, it is also about the noise. But it does have fire-resistant ceilings and even a sprinkler system, and the plastic frames have been replaced by woodwork according to the original design, but with double glazing. About ninety original residents returned, and 35 homes were rented out in the free sector. The citizens of East are all equally enthusiastic; they give their homes a score of 8.2. “I live in the most beautiful house in Amsterdam,” one shared during the survey among residents. Hans de Cleen (65) is the very happy inhabitant of a ground floor apartment of 45 square meters, with a small garden on the water behind and a slatted attic under the roof. For this he pays 570 euros in rent per month. “This house fits me like a jacket,” he says. “This is a very pleasant neighborhood, very quiet, yet in the middle of bustling Amsterdam. Many people have worked for years to preserve this neighborhood, while around it in the Eastern Islands so much has been demolished. Here you can still see how the islands have been inhabited all this time. But we do have the modern conveniences. ” The five jury members – who themselves live in new buildings elsewhere in the city – are unanimous about Oostenburg's nomination. They greatly appreciate the preservation of this part of the old town, even with the return of typical beamed ceilings in modern houses. “You have a great feeling of freedom here, right by the water,” says Jolanda Koeman (52). “This is a gem,” summarizes Ineke Genee (44), “a hidden treasure in the city.”