Dwellings on Hoofdweg

Hoofdweg, tussen Mercatorplein en Jan van Galenstraat
H.Th. Wijdeveld, WVAU architecten (verbouwing)
Tram 7; bus 18-64
Casciato, Maristella, De Amsterdamse School, Uitgeverij 010, Rotterdam, 1991; Roy van Zuydewijn, H.J.F. de, Amsterdamse bouwkunst 1815-1940, Vroom en Dreesman, ca. 1970.

Symmetrical housing development on Hoofdweg

The dwellings on Hoofdweg form part of a housing scheme for six thousand dwellings realized in Plan West. These dwellings were built on the initiative of a building contractor. Standard floor plans and a uniform concrete load-bearing structure were used. Variation was introduced in the facades, which were designed by various architects. The use of brick was prescribed.

Wijdeveld, editor of the magazine Wendingen, was one of the architects engaged for the project. For Hoofdweg, he designed housing blocks with identical facades on either side of the street. The facades are composed of three sections, each of which extends over the entire length of the facade. As a result, the accent is on the housing blocks rather than on the individual dwelling and horizontality is emphasized. The facade surfaces for the first and second floors are formed by flat brick walls with regularly spaced windows. The dwellings on the third floor have continuous rows of windows. Vertical surfaces covered with roof tiles crown the facades. The ends of the surfaces curl inwards with a curve. The individual dwellings are expressed more in the lowermost facade section than in the other sections of the facades. Wijdeveld emphasized the entrances to the dwellings with projecting vertical piers. These interrupt the horizontality of the ground floor level. (ARCAM/NvH)