Myriad, Syntax and Tunga / Dick van Gameren architecten

© Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

Architect: Dick van Gameren architecten
Location: Amsterdam,
Project Team: Dick van Gameren; Jarno van Essen; Mark Sloof; Sebastiaan Kaal; Maarten Peters
Contractor: Heijmans Woningbouw, Almere
Structural Engineer: Berkhout Tros Bouwadviseurs, Alkmaar
Technical Engineers: BNI Installaties, Alkmaar; Pol Soest, Soest
Client: Heijmans Vastgoed, Almere
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

© Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

Myriad stands out from the other urban villas in the inner area of the Funenpark grounds due to its varied programme. The six-storey building contains twelve four- and five-room dwellings and ten smaller two- and three-room apartments. The block with twenty-two apartments is made of up of thirteen different types of dwellings.

Myriad Scheme

The larger apartments were constructed as single-family residences. The six maisonettes at ground level each have an outer area bordering the green car-free space between the residential blocks. The other six family residences are detached houses located on the roof of the fourth storey. A small square on the roof, containing trees and a few paths, connect these houses with the centrally located area where stairways and lift can be accessed.

plans and sections

Each of the two storeys situated in between contains five apartments located on opposite sides of an inner passageway that stretches from façade to façade. The way the building block was constructed is evident on the outside: the twelve family dwellings stand out due to the variety of colours used in the brick façades and masonry bond patterns, thus emphasizing their individual characters.

The two intermediate storeys, on the other hand, suggest the communal character of an apartment complex: continuous glass fronts between strips of preformed steel create a neutral filter between the city and the apartment.

© Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

Syntax en Tunga are two identical apartment buildings with three storeys resting on a semi-underground storage level on the edge of Funenpark. Ten apartments and a maisonette are located around a central area that gives stairway and lift access. The apartments’ outdoor areas face the park as much as possible.

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© Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld

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  • up_today_arch

    nice external form for social buildings…

  • Martin Lucas

    On the contrary, nowadays, the best achievements you can find in housing, are social housing programs. They often have strong guidelines which deal with ease of use, sustainability, solidity.