URBAN COURTYARDS AT DE HALLEN, KWINTIJN PHASE 1 AMSTERDAM
Contracted by Wijnen Projectontwikkeling, FARO has designed approximately 175 homes above a parking garage in the district; the homes will be developed over two levels and within three complexes. A significant proportion of the homes is being purchased by an investor, Altera Vastgoed NV, and a housing corporation, Alliantie.
The Hallen project’s main goal is to create an urban, public area with a bold cultural style. We support the essence of this goal and aim to do this in a way that is not entirely clear-cut. The style should not merely be industrial. Nor should it be a literal extension of the Hallen with ‘building upon building’ architecture. Our interpretation of this goal is an ensemble that responds primarily to the Hallen, but also involves an interplay of various influences. These influences will combine to create a new layer in time; a layer in keeping with the new residential building program, but with historical references.
The three Hallen Zuid buildings together form a collective courtyard, designed as a garden on top of the parking garage. FARO’s design particularly emphasizes the distinction between the robust and sturdy exterior and this courtyard, which is much lighter in color. This light color composition compensates for the lack of sun and daylight. The robust exterior refers to the remaining historical industrial buildings. However, these references are not clear-cut, as the buildings will not hide the fact that they are residential homes. Seen from the public area each building in the ensemble is in essence a bold structure under a double roof with a simple window pattern.