Engaging a sense of belonging
EnBloc in Amsterdam’s Houthaven is an ensemble of 5 elegant buildings, each with their own character, were created in consultation with the future residents. The basic 166 units was transformed into 65 homes spread over 5 buildings. The result is a variety of personalised unit layouts: homes from 1 unit in size (30 m2) to homes of 5 units in size (280 m2). The process encouraged a sense of belonging, where as a collective the residents determined a joint budget for the shared spaces and the co-designed facade.
Each facade is tailor-made with a different masonry theme, roof mouldings and individual entrance. The cohesive ensemble links contemporary living with local building traditions and cultural context.
In search of beauty: linking contemporary living and building with local building traditions and cultural context. Approach: Composing playful window patterns following typical iconographic patterns found in Nassaukade and the typical Amsterdam canal house. Using instruments of color contrast, proportion, rhythm, repetition, themes & variation in search for what architect van Gool describes as a “a symphony of windows.”
- Location Houthaven, Amsterdam
- Client Vereniging EnBloc, ERA Contour, BPD Bouwfonds Gebiedsontwikkeling
- Year 2016-2020
- Status Completed
- Project architects Marc Koehler, Marc Verhoef, David Klinkhamer
- Program 65 homes, 14.290m2
- Contractor ERA Contour
- Photography Luuk Kramer