Woningen P. Dijkstraplein and surroundings

P. Dijkstraplein e.o.
Dick van Gameren en Bjarne Mastenbroek
Smit's Bouwbedrijf
Bus 28-39
Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 1997-99, Amsterdam, 2000, p. 66-67.

57 dwellings on Borneo-island

The dwellings by Van Gameren and Mastenbroek on the tip of the Borneo peninsula are distinguished from the other dwellings by the openness of the façades and the large windows, and by the absence of brick in the façade cladding. Instead, there is an abundance of glass, concrete and wood.

The urban design scheme stipulated that parking spaces were to be housed inside the dwelling and that each dwelling was to have a patio-like space. The unusual solution chosen also distinguishes the project. In contrast to many of the other dwellings on the island, in which parking is in a built-in garage behind the façade, here an interior street has been created, which runs along the entire length of the block and on which the garages are situated. By providing daylight through large skylights and by opting for coloured garage doors, the architects have endeavoured to make this space as attractive as possible. Above the interior street are patios, so that occupants of the north-facing dwellings can also enjoy sunlight. At the end of the block are three apartments measuring 24 by 5 metres. Here, in addition to balconies, are two cantilevered covered terraces. These ‘aquarium-like’ spaces are clad with multicoloured glass and provide wide views over the water. (ARCAM/Bu)