Stadsdeel Nieuw-West
J.F. Berghoef
tram 1, 17; bus 18, 19, 62, 63, 64, 195; trein en metro. Halte Station Lelylaan
Voorziening, Wonen

Housing Sloterhof

The western garden suburb Slotervaart was built in the fifties as part of the famous General Expansion Plan of Amsterdam of 1934. Like Slotervaart in which it is situated, Sloterhof is a modernist scheme. The development comprises a series of housing strips, which are terminated on the west side by a residential tower.

Series of lower, slightly shorter buildings are interspersed with three taller and longer buildings, which on the south side are built over an ornamental canal that runs the entire length of the plan. The tall buildings are clad with dark concrete panels, the low buildings with light concrete panels. The meticulous grouping of the galleries and balconies gives articulation and rhythm to the elevations. By positioning low strips with garages right between the residential buildings, the spaces between the flats are divided into smaller half-open segments on Comeniusstraat, accessible to traffic, and more spacious and tranquil green courts on the side of the ornamental canal.

The project comprises 658 rental dwellings and space for facilities such as shops, bars and restaurants. A special feature is the use of the Nemavo-Airey building system. Such building systems were widely used in the period of reconstruction after the Second World War. The aim was to keep housing costs down through standardization and prefabrication. The architect of Sloterhof, J.F. Berghoef, was a traditionalist with a predilection for craft-based building methods. Here, however, he resorted to systems building because he believed that this was acceptable as a temporary solution to the huge housing shortage. (ARCAM/DW)