Solid 11

Eerste Constantijn Huygenstraat 2-34
Laszlo Csutoras
Tony Fretton Architects
Coen Hagedoorn Bouwgroep
Tram 1, 3, 12, stop Overtoom
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2011-2012; ARCAM POCKET 25. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.
Bedrijven, Wonen

As much flexibility as possible with a solid

A ‘solid’ is a building that in principle has no designated use. The aim is to give tenants maximum flexibility in using the space. Living, working or a combination of the two, and even a change of functions over time: all of this is possible.

The idea behind the solid is partly inspired by the squatters’ culture of the eighties and nineties. Each solid can be regarded as a small city in which residents and other users are able to get together, so that social communities can come into being as a matter of course. The number of m2 available to each individual or group, and the rental price, is determined by the tenants themselves via an online auction. Stadgenoot remains owner of the building’s shell and is responsible for the maintenance of the exterior and the communal spaces, while tenants take care of the interior. A solid is built with the idea that it can last for an estimated 200 years. The solid on Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat, on the edge of the site of the former Wilhelmina Gasthuis, is the third to have been built in Amsterdam to date. The building comprises two wings, in between which is an open inner courtyard that serves as a central entrance area. The wings are connected at the front and rear by means of transparent walkways. The complex contains large, flexible spaces that can be subdivided. The floors are designed to carry the heaviest possible functions. The tree structures, which are illuminated at night, in the glass façade screens are by the artist Hans van Bentem. (ARCAM)