1920S ALSO OUTSIDE THE RINGROAD, AMSTERDAM
One of the first projects in reconstructing the district Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam is ‘Scala’. Scala is situated in the Kolenkit neighborhood on a strip of land of 230 by 30 meters next to the train tracks. Goal of the reconstruction is to improve the quality of living and to improve the spatial and architectural connection with the pre-war part of Bos en Lommer on the other side of the A10.
FARO designed a very diverse program for the compact location. Both ends of the plan have a robust accent: on the Erasmusgracht a tower of 15 layers with 3 dwellings per floor and on the Bos en Lommerweg a block with 7 layers with an assisted living program. On the Leeuwendalerweg, the block has 6 layers. The two homes on the bottom will have street access. so the street view is more lively. The length of the block is nuanced by transparent receding incisions with stairs and elevators for the apartments on the higher layers.
All dwellings are 7.5 meters wide. Within this width we have a variety of owner occupied and rental apartments. These vary from an apartment with street access, to apartments with tower rooms. Assisted living apartments are concentrated on the side of the Bos en Lommerweg. Above the neighbourhood meeting area and the office of the neighbourhood intendant are six group residences for elderly with Alzheimers and 34 WIBO residences (assisted living). Total housing program: 115 residences for sale,16 residences for rent, 36 residences for social rent, 34 WIBO (living in a protected environment), 6 group residences, 1 care point, 131 parking places and storage rooms.
The architecture is inspired by the carefully detailed brick architecture from the 20s – 40s. Pre-war architecture with orange and brown brick combined with white accents and masonry details has proven to be appreciated over the years. Especially in a socially vulnerable neighborhood as this one, beauty and sustainability have to go hand in hand. All architectural necessities — e.g. drain pipes — are not visible as such. According to FARO this ‘Amsterdam idiom’, in its modern translation, fits well in the city’s ambition to integrate both sides of the A10 ring road.