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Karspeldreef Block AB / Dick van Gameren architecten

  • Architects: Dick van Gameren architecten
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect: Dick van Gameren architecten
  • Project Team: Dick van Gameren; Sebastiaan Kaal; Willmar Groenendijk; Maarten Peters; Niels Boswinkel; Julia Hilgenberg; Miguel Loos
  • Structural Engineer: Ingenieursbureau Zonneveld, Rotterdam
  • Technical Engineer: Ebatech, Amsterdam
  • Client: Woningstichting Rochdale / Delta Forte, Amsterdam
  • Contractor: KBK Bouw, Volendam
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld

© Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld © Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld © Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld © Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld

From the architect. By bringing Karspeldreef back down to ground level, and by demolishing the large car parks at Kraaiennest, space was created for a series of new blocks of buildings. Block AB is the first of these blocks, which together will constitute the new northern wall of Karspeldreef, with space for businesses and shops at ground level. Block AB consists of four volumes that – connected to each other by gates and garden walls – form a closed block. All dwellings fall into the category of social council housing.

© Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld
© Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld

The high volume on Karspeldreef contains a plinth with commercial spaces and six storeys with three- and four-room dwellings. These same housing types can also be found in the lower volume on the west side, along Groesbeekdreef. On the east side, there is a building for the Salvation Army with one-room units. At ground level, the Salvation Army accommodates a shelter and drop-in centre with a Major Bosshardt shop on the Karspeldreef side. The north side of the block consists of single-family residences, which are three storeys high and overlook the green space around the preserved flat called Kikkenstein.

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The inner courtyard contains outer spaces for the various occupants: gardens for the single-family residences, a garden for the Salvation Army and a common green space with several parking spaces for the apartments.

© Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld
© Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld

Text provided by Dick van Gameren architecten.

© Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld
© Marcel van der Burg - Primabeeld
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