Houtsma shed

Hoogte Kadijk 171-173
De Kadijken
FARO Architecten
Woningstichting De Key/De Principaal
Bouwbedrijf van Schaik & Pattynama/Ahaus
Bus 22, stop Wittenburgergracht
H.J.A. Hofland (FARO Architecten), FARO, Amsterdam 2003.

Small-scale buildings in a diverse neighbourhood

Two small housing blocks, which differ as regards to width and height, have been realized on Hoogte Kadijk. They are separated by an alleyway which leads to galleries at the rear. The commercial building on the water contains office and storage spaces and a parking garage.

As regards the location, too, the commission to design twelve dwellings and a commercial building on a site between Hoogte Kadijk and Nieuwe Vaart had a dual character: on one side, the area is characterized by small-scale housing, and on the other side by old sheds and shipyards. This situation is emphasized in the new-build. The rusty corten steel with which the building is clad refers to the history of the site, while the east elevation with its large curtain wall of green tinted glass confirms the presence of a modern infill. (ARCAM/BU/BP)