Erasmus Apartment Park

Joos Banckersplantsoen
Bos en Lommer
Peter Defesche
OD 205 Architectuur
Stichting Woningbedrijf Amsterdam; Amstelland Ontwikkeling Wonen BV
Kantoren, Wonen

Partly open urban block with commercial and rental sector dwellings

Reorganization of the sports fields adjoining the canals Admiralengracht and Erasmusgracht enabled development of the waterside site for housing. This zone marks the transition between the closed city blocks of nineteenth-century development and the first open site plans of the twentieth century.

Seven residential buildings make up a partly open city block that faces onto the Erasmuspark. Despite the new buildings, the view of the park from existing housing was left open. The buildings are linked by an underground parking facility which also incorporates resident store rooms. This left the courtyard free as a low-traffic area; it is used for collective gardens and also meets the requirement for public green space. In response to the widely varying residential requirements and the combination of market sector and rental sector dwellings, the project has a range of dwelling types. The mixture of dwelling types promotes tenant mobility and helps achieve a balanced composition of the housing stock in this area of the city. The complex is designed to meet standards for public safety (police approval) and for elderly residents. The architectural elaboration adapts the project to its context. The complex is explicitly urban in character, and has a neutral and highly rhythmic facade design. The architecture of the street facade predominates over the individual dwellings, and that of the city block above that of the individual buildings. The purpose of these design features was to reconcile the 19th century references with radical modernism. (OGA)