Brugwachtershuisje Beltbrug

Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat - Kostverlorenvaart
Pieter Lodewijk Kramer
Publieke Werken
Gemeente Amsterdam

Yellow brick control house with wooden roof

The Beltbrug house was built in 1933 to a design by Piet Kramer and forms an exception in his oeuvre. The building is characterized by brickwork of yellow brick, interspersed with blocks of natural stone. Moreover, the building has a flat roof, whereas in his other designs Kramer experimented with whimsical, imaginative roof forms. Kramer designed a flat roof surface here in order to tie the building in with the architecture of the neighbouring district of Landlust.

Landlust was built in the early thirties in accordance with the principles of the Nieuwe Bouwen, or Dutch Modernism. The open row layout was intended to provide light, air and space and so anticipated the in 1935 approved General Expansion Plan for Amsterdam by Cornelis van Eesteren. Cornelis van Eesteren and Piet Kramer were poles apart as regards theoretical matters and design, but Kramer came close to van Eesteren in his design for the Beltburg house. (ARCAM/space&matter)