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Amsterdam Wiener Location

Zuiderkerprijs 2017

public space design
Oostenburg Amsterdam
Hanneke Kijne
Raquel van Donselaar
Marike Oudijk
Petrouschka Thumann
Arons & Gelauff
Heijmans Woningbouw
Terra Ontwikkeling (dwellings)
Municipality of Amsterdam (touwbaanpark)
2.3 ha
Estate and garden
Year of design:
Photography / illustration:
Luuk Kramer

Oostenburgereiland - a history of shipyards and slipways
The inner city Wiener location on Amsterdam's island Oostenburg will be transformed into a housing location. In an open planning process with surrounding inhabitants, potential new inhabitants, the municipality (centre district) and Heijmans Woningbouw a plan has been made to realize 70 dwellings in the area. The architectural office Arons and Gelauff is responsible for the urban plan and the architecture, the outdoor space has been designed by HOSPER.

The Oostenburgereiland, and the site of Wiener & Co in particular, has a rich history of shipyards and slipways. The design for the new dwellings is consistent with this character. The plan is organized around a circuit of "slopes" and "courtyards". The water dwellings and the water itself can be reached via these semi public green spaces. Thanks to the new underground parking garage, under the courtyard, the area is car-free.

Blocks perpendicular to the water
The entrances to the water dwellings are situated around the courtyard. These single-family houses are oriented towards the water at a perpendicular angle. They are positioned in such a way that the space where the slipways where in the past remains open so that the neighborhood gains access to the water.

On the corner of the building block, along the water, a small block with loft apartments will be built. These apartments will be situated directly along a square with full grown plane trees and have a beautiful view of the Ezelsbrug (bridge).

Apartments will also be realized along the Oostenburgervoorstraat, housed in sturdy warehouse like buildings with an average height of 5 stories. The buildings connect to the scale and size of the existing buildings in the street. The public space along the Oostenburgervoorstraat will be enlivened by commercial spaces and entrances in the plinth.

Organization strengthens perpendicular orientation
Design principle for the external space is to strengthen the perpendicular orientation of the dwelling blocks. Tree-containers with different heights naturally create more or less private spaces around the entrances of the dwellings. The edges of the containers are widened at specific places so that they can be used as benches.

The difference between the slipways and the courtyards is emphasized by the difference in paving material and the distinct use of plants and trees. The slipways have a public character, whilst the courtyards will be more private and gardenlike.