Nieuw Reimerswaal

Osdorperban 134-138, Reimerswaalstraat 54-108, Steelvlietplein 55-123, Viveportenstraat 3-25
Ellen van der Wal
Mecanoo architecten
VOF De Stadstuinen (Ymere, Bouwfonds Ontwikkeling), ASKO
ERA Contour
Bus 63, Stop Reimerswaal
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2011-2012; ARCAM POCKET 25. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.
Cultuur, Onderwijs, Voorziening

Urban Renewal in Nieuw West

The transformation of the neighbourhood Reimerswaalbuurt in Osdorp is part of the large-scale urban regeneration of the Nieuw West district and is being carried out in accordance with an urban plan by de Architekten Cie. The plan provides for nine housing blocks that are separated by wide avenues and two car-free public squares.

The complex by Mecanoo is a strikingly tall presence on the wide main road Osdorper Ban. The high ground-floor plinth contains public functions, including a community school, a pre-school playgroup, a children’s day care nursery, a sports hall and a social care facility. The four storeys on top of this plinth contain 51 apartments, a number of which are for the physically disabled. The building volume decreases from six storeys at the front to three storeys on the north side, where 21 single-family dwellings are situated and the building engages with the new traffic-calmed neighbourhood. On this side, the complex opens up and eye-catching anthracite-coloured fencing (studio Makkink & Bey) delineates the private spaces in the inner courtyards. This domain of schoolchildren and residents terminates on the opposite side in the school’s transparent multifunctional hall, where private and public merge. The residential programme dominates the exterior partly due to the balconies. The school’s presence is, however, subtly marked by means of glass panels, which run around the building’s façade like a ribbon. The panels, designed by the artist Elspeth Pikaar, contain texts and drawings by the schoolchildren and are a playful element in the brickwork.