Housing in a narrow city street

Nieuwe Kerkstraat 35-67
Albert Herder, Maarten de Geus
hvdn architecten
De Principaal
Bouwmaatschappij Buitenhuis
Metro 51, 53, 54, stop Waterlooplein
Bron: Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 2000-2002, Amsterdam 2003, p.44-45.

Street façade with 31 dwellings and shop

The new housing in Nieuwe Kerkstraat has been so designed as to form a careful transition between the seventeenth-century proportions of Nieuwe Kerkstraat and the large scale of Weesperstraat, which dates from the sixties. To this end, the dwellings have been divided into two clusters separated by a narrow alleyway with steps.

In the street, the vertical articulation of the existing façades has been followed. Here, on the ground floor and first floor are dwellings with workspaces, identifiable by the tall glazed fronts with heavy wooden frames. Above these are family dwellings, which are twice as wide and have loggias on the street side. Above these dwellings are narrow maisonettes with roof terraces. A horizontal articulation has been chosen to link up with Weesperstraat. Here, above the retail space on the ground floor are dwellings for the elderly. (ARCAM/Bu)