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  5. Arons en Gelauff Architects
  6. 2017
  7. Wiener & Co / Arons en Gelauff Architects

Wiener & Co / Arons en Gelauff Architects

  • 02:00 - 12 September, 2017
Wiener & Co / Arons en Gelauff Architects
Wiener & Co / Arons en Gelauff Architects, © Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

© Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer © Luuk Kramer + 31

  • Collaborators

    Jan Bart Bouwhuis, Joost van Bergen, Menno Mekes, Maikel Rentinck, Theo Tulp, Juliane Eick.
  • Client

    Terra Ontwikkeling/Heijmans Vastgoed
  • Structural Engineer

    Swinn
  • Landscape Architect

    Hosper
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

Site

A derelict plot along a canal in the centre of Amsterdam.
A history of factories (Wiener & Co) and shipyards (Eastern India Shipping Co).

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

Backdrop

An economic crisis pushing the Amsterdam housing market into stagnation.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

Starring

A perceptive municipal urbanist allergic to gated communities.

A developer willing to try anything to get production going.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

A group of neighbours of the NIMBY persuasion.

An architect desperate for work.

A dried-up housingmarket with the exception of rich boat-owners.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

Summary

The developer asks the architects what to build that will sail him out of the doldrums.

The architects propose a row of canalhouses to target Amsterdam boat-owners seemingly unaffected by the crisis.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

The urbanist urges them to hush the neighbours protests by providing public access into the courtyard and to the canal. The architects provide a space for playing and swimming on one of the former shipways. The other – currently a parking lot - is turned into a public pocketpark. When the urbanist asks them to work with the site's history of shipways and the industrial architecture of successive centuries the developer thinks his clients – if any – will not like the use of “shipping materials” like corrugated iron and untreated timber panelling. The architect proposes a cladding of copper and zinc.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer
Model
Model
© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

The eyecatching project soars to a sales success in the middle of the crisis. The children of the neighbourhood swim in the canal together with the residents. The courtyard provides a vibrant meetingplace for the residents of both the caanalhouses and the two cityblocks with apartments. When winter comes the grated fence – designed to be closed only by night - remains locked all-day turning Wiener & Co into a gated community.

© Luuk Kramer
© Luuk Kramer

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Wiener & Co / Arons en Gelauff Architects" 12 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/879409/wiener-and-co-arons-en-gelauff-architects/>