Funenpark 470-479
Oostelijke Eilanden/Kadijken
Jeroen Geurst, Rens Schulze
Geurst & Schulze architecten
Heijmans Vastgoed
Heijmans Vastgoed en Realisatie
Bus 43
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2008-2009; ARCAM POCKET 22. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.

Housing block in The Funen

The Funen is a triangular new residential development in a pivotal location in the city: on the one hand it terminates the neighbourhood Czaar Peterbuurt, which is part of the centre, while on the other hand it borders on the city’s new and dynamic Oostelijk Havengebied district. The Funen is situated in the angle between Cruquiuskade and the railway line. Along these two sides, elongated apartment buildings accentuate the shape of the site. On the third side, there where the area adjoins Czaar Peterbuurt, is a park. The urban design scheme is by the Architekten Cie.

The two apartment buildings embrace a sheltered, car-free interior precinct in which smaller, freestanding housing blocks are arranged along a number of east-west ‘streets’, a minimal arrangement in the collective public space. These blocks have been designed by various architects, as a result of which the neighbourhood has a highly varied streetscape. All of the blocks have either roof terraces or glazed sun spaces, with balconies looking onto the park.

The block designed by Geurst & Schulze architects is situated in the middle of the site. It is three storeys high and contains three types of dwelling – four corner dwellings, four wide and two elongated middle dwellings –, all of which have a roof terrace. The storeys are visually interconnected by means of voids and patios and, notwithstanding the compactness of the block, the dwellings are light and spacious as a result. The block’s more closed exterior appearance accentuates the privacy of residents. The façade of precast concrete slabs is provided with a grid of steel wires along which plants are trained vertically. As a result, in the future the block will be overgrown with greenery. (ARCAM)