Housing Hoogte Kadijk

Hoogte Kadijk
Claus en Kaan Architecten
De Principaal
Van der Pauw
Bus 22-32
Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 1997-99, 2000.

Urban houses with 26 dwellings

The small-scale neighbourhood in which this project is situated is redolent of the atmosphere of the former harbour and has become increasingly popular as a residential area in recent years following a number of renovation and new-build projects. The commission which Claus & Kaan received was for the infilling of four neighbouring plots.

Social rental dwellings were to be built on two of the four sides on either side of Hoogte Kadijk. The character of this street is determined by the continuous row of town houses on narrow plots. Within the given limitations, the architects sought to make flexible use of the spaces possible by means of open floor plans. The storage spaces, which normally occupy part of the front elevation on the street, have been moved back so that the relationship between the dwellings and the street is enhanced. Extra attention has been given to the communal spaces, such as entrance foyers and the staircase. These have special character because of the lighting the material application and the use of colour. The front elevations are charcterized by a strong relief. The combination of red brick and window openings – which consist of a deep-set window with a heavily framed fanlight – calls to mind the architecture of old Dutch houses. (ARCAM/Bu)