Housing Dapperbuurt

Dapperstraat, Commelinstraat, Linnaeusstraat, Von Zesenstraat
Hans van Heeswijk
Woningstichting Lieven de Key
Tram 7-9-10-14; bus 22.
Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 1994-96, Amsterdam 1997, p.62-63.

53 dwellings in three housing blocks in Dapperbuurt

This housing scheme comprises three blocks situated close together in Dapperbuurt. One of Van Heeswijk’s aims was to show that the technical level of the façade as it seems to be the norm in office construction is also realizable in housing. He therefore employed the mode of construction, building components, detailing, materials and building method used in commercial and industrial buildings. Characteristics of Amsterdam’s architecture have also been incorporated.

This architecture is characterized by the closed block, the distinction between ground floor and upper storeys and between façades and side walls, a more or less flat façade and a strong vertical articulation which is usually based on the width of the plots. Although each of the three blocks has its own character, they present a uniform appearance. For example, the various dwelling types lie behind taut façades and the block sections are linked by means of transparent glass lifts and stairwells. A characteristic element is the round balcony with perforated steel. The grey façades clad with aluminium are decorated with colourful signs designed by R. Oxenaar and texts by the Dutch writers J.C. Bloem and Nescio. (ARCAM/BM)