Meerpad 4-16
Bas Liesker e.a.
Heren 5 architecten
Bouwfonds Woningbouw
Tauber Bouwburo
Bus 32, stop Nieuwe Purmerweg
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2009-2010; ARCAM POCKET 22. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.

Intimacy behind the dyke

In the seven centuries that have passed since Amsterdam came into being, the area to the north of the IJ has always occupied a special place. The landscape has been determined by dikes, polders and breaches in the dikes and it looks like a patchwork quilt with Waterland villagescapes, garden villages, sturdy industrial buildings along the banks of the IJ, high-rise buildings built in the seventies and new buildings such as the Albatros and Kraanspoor.

Directly behind the picturesque development on Nieuwendammerdijk lies, in an oasis of peace, Meerpad. Seventeen detached houses have been built on the site of two former school buildings. The plots are separated from each other by narrow brick paths, giving rise to a small, enclosed neighbourhood with houses situated on the street, on a garden or on the water. In the carefully designed public space are a small car park and an underground parking facility with space for sixteen cars.

The source of inspiration for the architecture was the traditional narrow Dutch dwelling with hipped roof, in which the combination of a stone façade with wooden side elevations has been loosely employed. The houses are narrower and taller towards the water. The large vertical façade openings serve as entrances, winter gardens or panorama windows.

More and more people are discovering the advantages of living on the boundary between the countryside and the city. This intimate site on the water, a stone’s throw from the busy city, is therefore a highly sought-after location. Remarkably, the developer adhered to the concept of realizing seventeen detached houses and did not succumb to the temptation to build at a greater, and thus more lucrative, density. By way of illustration: the seventeen houses attracted interest from 400 people. (ARCAM/FG)