|Address||Dr. H. Colijnstraat 250, 260-710|
|Neighbourhood||Buurt Negen, Geuzenveld|
|Architect||Jacob van Rijs|
|Commisioner||Het Oosten Kristal bv|
|Realized by||Ballast Nedam Regio Midden|
|Accessible||Tram 13, stop Dr. H. Colijnstraat, bus 19 halte Burgemeester van Leeuwenlaan|
Homes adjoining a city park
Parkrand (‘Park Edge’) is one of the urban restructuring projects in the Borough of Geuzenveld-Slotermeer. The redevelopment of Geuzenveld is an elaboration on Van Eesteren’s General Extension Plan (Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan or AUP) of 1934. Several features of the original plan still play a part in this prewar garden suburb. Construction height, for example, is limited by a specified angle of visual obstruction presented to surrounding buildings. The utilization of outdoor space similarly remains an important aspect of the residential climate of the garden suburb.
The Parkrand complex is located on the western margin of Eendrachtspark. The site was previously occupied by three L-shaped blocks of flats, which blocked the neighbourhood’s view of the park. Improving the visibility of the park was therefore one of the architect’s starting points. Parkrand consists of five apartment towers, each eleven storeys in height, supported by a shared plinth. The two top floors of the five towers are joined to form a continuous horizontal ‘beam’. Parkrand has a total of 223 residential units.
In collaboration with the artist Richard Hutten, the architects MVRDV designed internal courtyards which are accessible only to residents. These ‘outdoor rooms’, which are situated between the private domain of the apartments and the public domain of the park, have extensive notional resemblances to domestic interiors. Large, black chandeliers and gigantic flowerpots give the largest outdoor room the air of a living room, while the two smaller outdoor rooms are designed as a playroom and a dining room. The facades on the street and park sides of the building are clad with black concrete elements alternating with dark glass in black frames. The walls that face onto the outdoor rooms have a decorative pattern executed in white-glazed and matt surfaced bricks. (ARCAM/FB)