FARO designed and real­ized 134 dif­fer­ent types of dwellings in Geuzen­veld, Ams­ter­dam. The main aim of this project was to cre­ate a con­tem­po­rary gar­den city. The ‘light, air and space’ prin­ci­ples from the 1950s are trans­lated to ‘light, air, green space and free­dom of choice’.

The fun­da­men­tal thoughts under­ly­ing this project are: build fourth on the ideas of a gar­den city, the use of com­mu­nal gar­dens, a struc­tural park­ing solu­tion, atten­tion for archi­tec­tural and spa­tial expres­sion, high den­sity and mixed use for home­own­ers and social rental housing.

The site is divided into three parts fol­low­ing the sur­round­ing street pat­tern, the parts are sep­a­rated by foot­paths. Each part is sit­u­ated around a com­mu­nal gar­den and con­tains a mix of apart­ments and town­houses, both rental and owner-​occupied. They are designed in a com­bi­na­tion of tall and less tall vol­umes. The tall vol­umes are posi­tioned on site in such a way that they are least dis­rup­tive for opti­mum sun lighting.

Below each of the three inner court­yards with their (partly) com­mu­nal gar­den is a half-​sunken park­ing facil­ity. A wall around the gar­den strictly sep­a­rates the shared inter­nal area from the out­side world. All facades are of alu­minium and brick, with alu­minium most promi­nent on the inner facade and brick on the outer. Occa­sion­ally the two mate­ri­als spill over into one another.

The floor plans are flex­i­ble and have a street entrance where pos­si­ble. Most of the houses have an entrance with­out a hall so that res­i­dents and vis­i­tors enter in the heart of the house and there­fore have bet­ter and more con­tact with the street. The houses have high floors, those with their own park­ing space have a split-​level and even a ceil­ing height of more than four meters on the street side. All these qual­i­ties together aim at a durable way of liv­ing in a ‘gar­den sub­urb new-​style’.

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

+31 (0) 252 414777

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