Office building PPHP

Kerkstraat 204
Sjoerd Soeters
Soeters Van Eldonk Ponec Architecten
Soeters Investments
Bouwbedrijf van den Hengel
Tram 16, 24, 25, stop Keizersgracht
Bron: Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 2000-2002, Amsterdam 2003, p.46-47.

Postmodern architectural office extension

The second extension by and for the architectural firm Soeters Van Eldonk is a five-storey building, including a half-sunken basement.

The facade is a modern interpretation of the classical façade, with a plinth, a middle section and a cornice. The base comprises dark railings, which also provide the basement with daylight. Slender columns divide the three storeys above into an increasing number of bays, as a result of which the façade has a vertical character. The building is crowned by a stepped, projecting cornice, above which are a series of modern lamps. It does not have its own entrance, but is accessed via the adjacent, slightly older buildings. Because the stairwell is situated at the rear of the building, it was possible to create open and flexible work areas on the street.

In 2016 the duo Soeters and Van Eldonk split up. From here on the bureau is known as PPHP. Which stands for “Pleasant Places Happy People” and which is also the new motto.