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Wenslauer House, Amsterdam

Project Details

£100,000 to £249,999

Practice

31/44 Architects

6 Osborn Street , LONDON , E1 6TD

31/44 Architects led and managed the project from concept design through to completion for both the building fabric and interior. The project was completed in Spring 2015 and has featured in Dwell and Blueprint magazines. This new-build house replaced a dilapidated worker's cottage that was built around the turn of the century. It forms an infill house within a surprisingly irregular street – the conventional image of Amsterdam being one of homogeneity. This eclectic street quality was borne out of the historic conditions – the area was Amsterdam’s builders yard. This gave a distinctive character to the street of non-uniform buildings built of relatively cheap materials. Our project reinforces this atmosphere whilst referencing the townhouse typology of the centre of the city. A reflection of the neighbourhood becoming more ‘upscale’ – this area of Amsterdam is adopting some of the formality of the historic centre. In order to produce a design that responded to the updated scale of the area, local market conditions and to provide a contemporary family home, we had to undergo extensive negotiations with the local council to ensure an appropriate solution for the neighbourhood. The planning authority required the re-use of a brick facade and pitched gable profile. Bands of structural concrete and large window openings reference historic facade details from local workshops.