Housingcomplex Block AB

Groesbeekdreef 501-577, Karspeldreef 1001-1161, Kikkensteinstraat 1-5, Kikkensteinhof 1-14
K-midden Noordstrook
Dick van Gameren
Dick van Gameren architecten
Woningstichting Rochdale i.s.m. Delta Forte
KBK Bouw
Metro 54, stop Bullewijk
Dit project is o.m. gepubliceerd in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2009-2010; ARCAM POCKET 23. Klik hier voor meer boeken uit de reeks ’ARCAM POCKET’.
Bedrijven, Voorziening, Wonen

Transformation South East

The transformation of Zuidoost is almost complete. As part of this transformation, Karspeldreef has been lowered to ground level and the adjoining dilapidated parking garages have been demolished.

In 2008, the K towers were stripped and refurbished and immediately next to the Kraaiennest station, the new ‘De Kameleon’ shopping centre went under construction. Blok AB is the first of a series of blocks that will form the new north side of Karspeldreef.

Blok AB is a perimeter block comprising four sections, which are interconnected by means of gateways and garden walls. Directly on Karspeldreef is the tallest section with commercial and retail space on the ground floor. The introduction of such plinths with public functions is designed to increase vibrancy in the neighbourhood and thereby improve security.

On top of the plinth are six storeys with three- and four-roomed dwellings. A lower volume on the west side also contains these dwelling types. All of these dwellings are in the social rental sector. A substantial part of the building, the east side, is intended for the Salvation Army, which has a reception centre here, its own single-room dwellings and the first ‘Boshardt’ shop in the Netherlands. On the north side are three-storey single-family dwellings, which thus benefit from the green space around the renovated block of Kikkenstein flats. The complex has an open space with gardens for the single-family dwellings, an outdoor area for the Salvation Army, a communal green space and a small-scale parking facility.
The building is executed in green brick. The staggered glazed balustrades of the balconies on the south side catch the eye because of their greenish yellow hues, as a result of which the building is recognizable from a considerable distance. (ARCAM)