Five apartments


 
Govert Flinckstraat 206-208
De Pijp
Amsterdam
Donald Jansen, Rolf Bekker
drk architecten
v/d Knaap & Rie bv, Hoorn
2003
Wonen
 

Insertion in nineteenth-century facade frontage

In the district De Pijp, where many dwellings are currently being renovated or replaced by new-build, five apartments have been inserted in an existing nineteenth-century facade frontage.

Because of its proportions and unobtrusiveness (dark brick and glass), the front elevation fits discreetly in the facade frontage. By contrast, the rear elevation, which is characterized by a steel frame placed in front of timber-clad balconies, has a striking presence. From here, each dwelling has a view of the inner courtyard garden. Underneath the complex is a basement, at the front of which are storage areas and technical spaces. At the back, the basement projects into the garden, giving rise to patios on which the bedrooms of two small dwellings are situated. On the first floor is a large dwelling with a surgery space and a twelve-metre-wide balcony. On the second and third storeys are two maisonettes. Two block-shaped structures on the third floor crown the complex and form a contemporary variant of the neighbouring nineteenth-century gable ends. On either side of this are roof terraces with a view of the roof landscape of this city district. (ARCAM/Bu)