The Kadijken is a slightly dis­or­dered, but pleas­ant, part of east Ams­ter­dam. In 1997 an oppor­tu­nity passed by when a plot of land came free, a plot in which the two sides have a totally oppo­site char­ac­ter. One side is located on a nar­row city street, de Hoogte Kadijk, with a wide vari­ety of plots and façades. The oppo­site side is located along the water­side of the Nieuwe Vaart with its old dockyards.

Fac­ing the nar­row street are twelve small stu­dent flats, each with a French bal­cony, spread out over two vol­umes, one slightly larger than the other. In doing so we fol­low the exist­ing vari­ety of scales in the street in the new build­ing. Is it one or are there two build­ings? The entrance to the dwellings lies in a 1.5 meter wide pas­sage between the two built vol­umes. The recep­tion is sit­u­ated on the ground floor in the base of the build­ing, easy to spot and eas­ily acces­si­ble. The street has a vari­ety of col­ors, mate­ri­als and win­dows. The red brick­work and the broad white frame­work, lin­ing up with the sur­face of the facade, refer to the most dom­i­nant mate­ri­als and detail­ing styles through­out the city of Amsterdam.

On the oppo­site side, on the Nieuwe Vaart, you find three func­tions: office space, archive and park­ing, accom­mo­dated in one rec­tan­gu­lar vol­ume. The façade is made entirely of corten steel, partly per­fo­rated, folded to mimic tim­ber slat-​boarding, com­bined with a frame­less green glass cur­tain wall, designed by M3. This mate­ri­al­iza­tion and the detail of the big slid­ing doors are a nod to the old docks, with their sheds and ships. The imme­di­ate neigh­bors look out onto a roof cov­ered with sedum plants.

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

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