Dwellings on Sporenburg

P.E. Tegelbergplein, Seinwachterstraat
Claus en Kaan Architecten
Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij New Deal
Bus 28-39-59
Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos, Amsterdam Architecture 1997-99, Amsterdam, 2000, p. 52.

Five panoramic dwellings

The dwellings in the Borneo/Sporenburg planning area had to meet a number of requirements: they had to be ground-based, have space for a car on the plot and a storey height of 3.5 metres on the ground floor. This brief formed the basis of the scheme that Claus and Kaan designed for five panorama dwellings on the head of Sporenburg.

The block contains two types of dwelling – wide head-end dwellings with ‘middle dwellings’ in between. These middle dwellings with car ports have a living level on the first floor and a built-in terrace on the second. In place of a car port, the corner dwellings have a garage which is situated on the street side. As a result, it was possible to create a room on the ground floor of these dwellings at the head of the island. All of the dwellings are divided into a front and a rear section by a light court. By cladding the interior elevation of the light court with glass, the rear section is provided with abundant daylight.

The fa├žades clad with brick on the street sides have a closed character. Those at the head-end with a view of the water are distinguished from the other dwellings by glazed fronts on the first and second floors, giving rise to a lucid and open character. (ARCAM/Bu)