Domela Nieuwenhuisstraat 5-49
Andre Kempe, Oliver Thill, Teun van der Meulen
Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners
Stadgenoot i.s.m. Delta Forte
Smit's Bouwbedrijf SBB
Tram 1, 17, stop Hoekenes
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2008-2009; ARCAM POCKET 22. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.

‘Display window dwellings’

Between Pieter Calandlaan and Jan van Zutphenplantsoen it is already clear where the renewal of the city’s Osdorp district is heading. A row of single-family dwellings, which contrast sharply with other development in the immediate vicinity, has been built near to old and new brick architecture.

The 23 light, white dwellings are characterized as ‘drive-in dwellings’. There is an internal parking space, which is accessed via a street underneath raised terraces at the rear. Next to the parking space, the occupants cook and eat on the ground floor with a view of the front garden. This is thanks to what is perhaps the most important feature of the dwellings. The extremely deep and narrow dwellings have large windows on the street side. This is good for daylighting, but it also means that the interior is scarcely visually screened off from the street. For this reason, these dwellings are also called ‘display window dwellings’.

The open kitchen is directly connected to the living room with terrace on the first floor via a void. The bedrooms are located on the second floor. For economic reasons, there are many non-standard features. The available land has been optimally utilized by building narrow dwellings. Expensive underground parking has been avoided. Inventive use has been made of inexpensive materials, and all of the building components have been sprayed the same colour in order to achieve uniformity of appearance. Inside the dwellings no space has been wasted; there are no corridors and the front door is a sliding door. (ARCAM)