Client: Woonstichting De Key
Architect: Arons en Gelauff architects
District: New West
Contractor; Bot Construction
Address Maassluisstraat: 475-593, Rodenrijsstraat 2-150, Voorburgstraat 225-521, Vlaardingenlaan 454-598
Number of residences; 351
Other program: wash bar, catering, parking garage
Photography: Luuk Kramer
Lieven is a place for approximately 1,200 home start-ups between the ages of 18 and 27. These are social rental homes with a 5-year youth contract. Due to the flow of residential start-ups, new young people are constantly contributing to the city. They always bring new energy and make use of everything the city has to offer. In this way, Woonstichting De Key wants to contribute to a dynamic Amsterdam.
The Lieven residential project consists of eight construction phases in which a total of 1,200 units for starters will be realized. In addition to rental homes for students and start-ups, there is also room for companies, free sector rental and rental of parking space. An existing urban development plan with two regular Amsterdam building blocks has been transformed into an attractive living environment for young people and students with a design that only has fronts. Residents, together with their neighbors, take care of their own living space and environment. Neighbors get to know each other and help each other in Amsterdam.
In collaboration with WOW Amsterdam, forty homes in the complex have been designated for young artists. Sleeping and living are cleverly combined in the houses. Thanks to an extra height of 1.5 meters, a sleeping area could be created above the bathrooms, separated from the living area.
The principle of the building blocks is that a number of separate building typologies have been used to avoid the massiveness and anonymity that characterizes many of these types of complexes. Corridors, galleries and porticos with and without elevators and a building with an inner courtyard at the end have been used to emphasize the difference in living forms.
By placing the prescribed openings in the two building blocks opposite each other, a clear entrance to the inner areas has been created. Combined with two gates in the long sides of the blocks, this creates a campus-like atmosphere. All public functions are centered around the central square. There is a launderette, a grand café and a multipurpose room in the part yet to be built.