Cruquiuskade e.o.
Czaar Peterbuurt
Het Funen
Frits van Dongen
de Architekten Cie.
Heijmans IBC Vastgoedontwikkeling
Bus 22
www.funen.nl Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 2003-2006, Amsterdam, 2006, p. 46-51.

Housing complex at Funen

For a triangular, former industrial site, sandwiched between a railway line and Cruquiuskade, de Architekten Cie. drew up an urban design scheme in which living and working in inner-city densities is combined with public green space.

Two tall, elongated blocks, one along the railway line, the other on Cruquiuskade, give the area a lucid form and shelter. Both blocks contain various dwelling types such as, for example, maisonettes, live/work dwellings and penthouses, most of which have a patio, glazed-in balcony or terrace. The fa├žade of the ‘Sporenboog’ is characterized by a sawtooth-shaped, glass noise barrier, which has been added to the building as a second skin. On the short side of the ‘sawteeth’, coloured foil glass has been employed, giving rise to a constantly changing play of colours. The south elevation on Cruquiuskade is situated on the city side and has a commercial plinth. The elevations on the inner precinct are clad with timber and so underline the park-like ambience. From here, large gateways provide a view of the docks behind. The inner area is characterized by a great diversity of smaller blocks, which stand as separate volumes in the green space and have been designed by various architects. A striking feature of the scheme is the combination of high-quality peripheral development and a new interpretation of the garden suburb model. (ARCAM/Bu)