PATIO’S ON BORNEO, AMSTERDAM
Borneo, a tongue of land in what used to be Amsterdam’s eastern docks, is now a residential area. Surrounded by water and attended by wide views, it could be developed in high density low-rise with less public space than usual. The required density and the deviant plot sizes necessitated using special dwelling types. The scheme has two faces; one part looks to the quay, the other to the broad central street. The more up-market owner-occupied units face onto the quay. Each of these units boasts a gross floor area of 118m² with outdoor space and parking on a plot of no more than 77m². A partly roofed patio on the ground floor contains the car parking space and the front door. Up on the second floor is a roof terrace open to the sun and offering views out.
The 28 social rented units on the street side divide into 14 large patio dwellings of 131m² on the ground floor each with a maisonette above. The patio dwellings consist of a ‘living-house’ on the street and a ‘sleeping– house’ at the back. This project satisfies two requirements made by West 8’s masterplan. The height of the ground floor is everywhere 3.5m so as to enable changes of use in the future, and the principal cladding material is brick. As a result the project slots well into the plan as a whole.