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  • Amsterdam Woont
  • AT5
  • Bouwend Nederland
  • Gemeente Amsterdam
The Sibbel buildings

The Sibbel buildings

Client De Key
Architect Rappange & Partners Architects
Contractor Konst & Van Polen
Project name The Sibbel buildings
District Centre
number of residences 40

The Sibbelpanden: nominated for the Amsterdam New Construction Prize 2012

The monumental Sibbel buildings consist of a continuous row of ten dike houses, each with four maisonettes. The complex was built in 1828 as housing that replaced workers' houses. The buildings consist of a basement, a high ground floor, a low floor and a living area in the hood. The ground floor apartments have large gardens. During the renovation, the complex was provided with a new foundation and the historic extensions to the rear facade were rebuilt. All renewed building parts, such as rear façade, stones, sidewalks and dormer windows, were produced in a traditional way. Historical details and profiles received a lot of attention. For example, cast-iron balusters have been brought back and the facade masonry was treated with dark facade oil. The residents of the social rental homes have been closely involved in the design process. The majority have returned to their old home after the renovation. Despite the rigorous restorative intervention, it has been possible to significantly improve the energy performance to label B. The high-quality installations and insulation packages are completely hidden from view.

Het Parool about De Sibbelpanden: Completely renovated monuments on a dike

Many newspaper pages have already been written about the Sibbel buildings on the Hoogte Kadijk, especially about the militant residents. If a prize is to be awarded for this project, it is mainly the residents who deserve it. It is thanks to their fighting spirit that this unique series of houses has not been demolished, that they have even been declared a national monument. It concerns ten buildings in a row, which were built in 1828 by Gerrit Moele to house workers from houses that were demolished a little further away. Until 1950 the houses were owned by the De Gekroonde Valk brewery; then they came into the possession of Mrs. Sibbel – hence the name. Under her management, the buildings fell into disrepair and were in danger of being demolished in the 1970s. Campaigners of the Kadijken committee squatted the houses and managed to stop demolition. The buildings were taken over by the Amsterdam Municipal Housing Company; the squatters were allowed to stay in it as social tenants. In 2002, the houses were transferred to the De Key housing corporation for one euro. The empowered people of the Kadijken continued to stir, but could not prevent the houses from becoming more and more dilapidated. “We were really afraid that they would slide off the dike,” says Rein van Zelst (63), area developer at De Key. “They were evacuated in 2007 due to the danger of collapse.” The restoration of this national monument has become a very expensive project for De Key. “We knew that everything was wrong,” explains architect Kees Doornenbal (56) of Rappange & Partners. “The rear facade had to be completely demolished. But we were able to bring back the extended garden rooms that had been there in the past. We have lowered the basement to create a full-fledged floor in which we could also make the entrance. ” Joop Messinger (64) lives in such a double ground floor apartment: 75 square meters for 533 euros per month, with a garden behind that opens onto a piece of public greenery. She is such an example of fighting spirit, as a resident since 1971. In the forty houses 27 social tenants have returned; the thirteen other homes are let in the private sector. “The renovation has been fantastic,” says Messinger. “But the implementation has partially failed. We still have a big problem with moisture in the walls. We hammered on that time and again at De Key, but communication with the corporation was dismal. We even received a rent reduction for seven months. ” Other residents also indicate that the moisture problems are quite high for them. It is therefore very striking that most give a lower score to their own homes than to the entire complex of the Sibbel buildings. But they are very positive about the restoration: “The national monument has been preserved,” says one. “It has been beautifully renovated, so that it fits with the old neighborhood feeling of Amsterdam,” says another. All in all, their score comes to 8.1. “We are very happy that we could return here,” summarizes Joop Messinger, “in a wonderfully light house, with a garden, in the center of the city and in a very nice neighborhood.”

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