Drum and court-housing Twiske-West

Nesserhoek, Coehornerhoek, Schelvischhoofd
Liesbeth van der Pol
Woningbouwvereniging Amsterdam-Zuid
Bus 35-36-38
Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 1991-93, Amsterdam, 1994, p.58-59.

212 dwellings on two islands

This housing project is situated on two islands. Two rows of terraced dwellings, three storeys high and situated opposite each other, occupy one of them. So-called ‘aanleunwoningen’ have a two-roomed dwelling below for the elderly and, where the elderly are able to call on their neighbours for assistance, are connected to a maisonette above.

These dwellings are larger and thereby constrict the longitudinal space between the two rows every five dwellings. A series of smaller spaces of more intimate character is thus created. On the other island there are twelve drum-shaped structures (‘trommelwoningen’) each containing seven dwellings, the entrances to which are situated in a circular inner court. The three floors of each dwelling have been shifted one-seventh in relation to one another in order to guarantee a panoramic view and good sunlighting. The helix structure of the dwellings is expressed in the oblique wooden cladding of the fa├žade, which is coloured in five different shades of red and yellow. (ARCAM/BM)