Nieuwbouw in De Pijp

Govert Flinckstraat 55-69, Eerste Jan Steenstraat 56-62
De Pijp
Manou Huijbregts, Pelle Poiesz, Koen Mulder, Rufus van den Ban
HP Architecten
Coen Hagedoorn Bouwgroep
Tram 16, 24, stop Albert Cuypstraat
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2011-2012; ARCAM POCKET 25. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.

New housing block in nineteenth-century district

The nineteenth-century district De Pijp is characterized by long, narrow streets with tall residential buildings. The project by the Rotterdam-based office HP Architecten demonstrates that replacement new build can be sensitively inserted in such a context. This office designed two similar blocks, one in Govert Flinckstraat, with 20 dwellings for the elderly, and one just around the corner in Jan Steenstraat, with 16 dwellings for families. The aim of the project’s client, housing association Ymere, was to allow these two target groups to continue living in the area.

The facades are characterized by different types of variously coloured brick. A slight indentation in the façade every few metres gives rise to a varied frontage and ties the new build in with the surrounding development. The biggest surprises in both complexes are to be found behind the façade. The layout of the dwellings varies considerably and there is abundant daylighting and views through. In Govert Flinckstraat, the dwellings on all four storeys are accessed via a gallery at the rear. The galleries are wider near the entrances to the dwellings where there are hanging benches, providing meeting places for residents. Daylighting was also an important aspect in the complex in Jan Steenstraat. A domed rooflight delivers daylight into the stairwell and the top storey dwellings on the north side have skylights. The aim of providing as many of the family dwellings as possible with an exterior space has resulted in three dwelling types: maisonettes with a garden, maisonettes with a roof terrace and double width apartments with balconies. Both blocks are characterized by meticulous detailing and finish.