Einde van de Wereld Residential Building

Sumatrakade 565-593, 611-615
Roberto Meyer, Jeroen van Schooten
Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten BV
Olympus Groep Amsterdam i.s.m. Latei Amersfoort
Bouw- Aannemingsbedrijf Teerenstra BV
Bedrijven, Commercieel, Voorziening, Wonen

Living, working, eating in former dock building

The former dock building ‘Einde van de Wereld’ (end of the world) was for many years one of the few buildings on Java-eiland, a fleeting reminder of the island’s past as a dock area.

Between 1985 and 1995 squatters occupied the building and it also housed the restaurant ‘Einde van de Wereld’. When a new function had been found for the area, it was decided that the building should be preserved. In 1996, however, the building was demolished and in the late nineties a new building, designed by the architectural office Meyer and Van Schooten, was built on the site. This new ‘Einde van de Wereld’ contains mainly apartments, but there is also a restaurant and two retail spaces on the ground floor.

The nine-storey building is two storeys higher than the surrounding development. All of the 29 apartments are on two levels and are organized around three corridors on the second, fifth and eighth floors. As a result, each apartment has a view of both the inner garden courtyard and the IJ. The lift also provides a view of the water through a glazed shaft on the north side of the building. The taut masonry corresponds to the straight lines of the French balconies and the windows of the lift shaft and stairwell, but it also forms a pleasing contrast with the transparency of the glazing. (ARCAM/RS)