De Keyzer

Czaar Peterstraat 2-22, Cruquiusstraat 24-32, Blankenstraat 1-59, Eerste Coehoornstraat 3-7
Czaar Peterbuurt
Tom Frantzen
FRANTZEN et al architecten
De Key
Bot Bouw
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De Keyzer: old and new

Some one hundred years ago, the beginning of Czaar Peterstraat and Blankenstraat was characterized by a block of dwellings called the ‘Dubbeltjespanden’. The demolition of these dwellings freed up space for a large new housing block. De Keyzer meets modern standards but at the same time it is based on the aesthetics of the nineteenthcentury architecture in this neighbourhood.

De Keyzer’s form, for example, is that of a traditional housing block in that it follows the building lines of the previous block very precisely, resulting in a high degree of unity.

Within this expression of large scale, the detailing, the relief in the façade and the rhythm of the oriels, which separate the various roof terraces, ensure that the individual dwellings are easily distinguishable from one another. The use of red brick, incorporated in precast brick-concrete elements, refers to the nineteenth-century block. A major difference between the old and the new situation is the abundant light penetration in the dwellings. Because of the large areas of fenestration, in combination with deep piers, the solid building makes a transparent impression. The light courts in the heart of the block contribute to this.

These light courts – which are decorated with the anchors that once supported the elevations of the nineteenth-century block – also create an agreeable sense of luxury. In this regard, too, the block is at once old and new, modern but of a timeless monumentality. (ARCAM/CL)