Housing block Victorieplein

Dobbelaar de Kovel de Vroom Architekten
Woningbedrijf Amsterdam
Tram 5, 24; bus 15
Maarten Kloos (ed.), Amsterdam Architecture 1994-96, Amsterdam, 1997, p.94.

Residential building with 29 dwellings, integrated with Plan Zuid

Victorieplein is situated at the intersection of three monumental axes in Berlage’s Plan Zuid and is determined by two large, closed building blocks and a residential tower (‘De Wolkenkrabber’ built in 1928 to a design by J.F. Staal). Dobbelaar De Kovel De Vroom took as the point of departure for their design (the result of a limited competition) the architectural themes ‘wall’ and ‘corner turn’, which also determined the original building here.

The division into ground floor, intermediate storey and upper storeys, the arrangement of horizontal and vertical fa├žade openings, the oriel-like recess, the continuous canopy and the accentuation of the corner are all features which characterized the original architecture. The dwellings are accessed via galleries along the rear elevation. These galleries are linked to a lift in the entrance hall, which is situated at the corner. The apartments are all oriented to the square to the south and negate, as it were, the corner turn. The dwellings on the ground floor have a porch and are slightly raised on the street side to increase residents’ privacy. On the garden side this results in an extra high living room. (ARCAM/BM)