Superlofts Houthaven

David Klinkhamer
Marc Koehler Architects
de Architekten Cie

A new neighbourhood is gradually coming into being in a former timber dock on the west side of the city where ships once unloaded tree trunks. Houthaven is being transformed from an industrial area into a unique residential development with eye-catching architecture such as the Superlofts by Marc Koehler Architects (MKA).

Over the coming years, this sustainable neighbourhood will be developed on seven green islands with restricted car access. There are to be some 2000 dwellings and 70 houseboats. To create these climate-neutral residential islands, the land behind Spaarndammerdijk is being partially excavated and the islands are being extended towards the IJ. The master plan for this thirty hectare area is by Sjoerd Soeters (PP HP). Each island is to have its own theme and character.

The architecture of the first series of dwellings on Houthavenkade is very diverse. Three plots on this quay have been developed with a dwelling concept devised by MKA: Superlofts. These collective buildings consist of six metre high lofts. Residents are free to choose the layout, size and design. The concept of stacking lofts is opposed to traditional housing. Residents can configure their dwelling within a fixed spatial and financial framework.

Kavel 4
The Superlofts concept appears to be a success and MKA are now deploying it in Amsterdam Noord, Utrecht and Delft. The third plot on Houthavenkade developed by MKA is called ‘Kavel 4’ (plot 4). Like the other dwellings on Houthavenkade, the building is divided into three: low-rise on Houthavenkade, behind which is a middle zone with a parking garage and roof gardens, behind which is high-rise. The Superlofts concept is highly flexible in Kavel 4 as the lofts can be linked horizontally and vertically. Residents will be able to see Houthaven develop further through the gigantic windows of their climate-neutral lofts.