Patricia van Ulzen, Antoin Buissink, Rufus de Vries // DIY Klarenstraat

A New Perspective on the Post-War Social Housing Block

The Staalmanplein neighbourhood in Cornelis van Eesteren's Westelijke Tuinsteden (Western Garden Cities) in Amsterdam, has been undergoing a radical regeneration operation since 2008. Whereas most housing blocks in this neighbourhood from the 1950s were demolished and replaced by new buildings, the social housing block in the U.J. Klarenstraat was selected for an experiment: in 2012 the whole block was put up for sale as Do It Yourself apartments.

The apartment building from 1956 at the U.J. Klarenstraat has been drastically transformed by a group of buyers into a residential building with a highly varied programme. Vanschagen Architects advised the thirty buyers in the development of the project, its design and its realisation.

This experiment can be considered a success. Reviews in professional journals and the local press were positive, the project was nominated for three awards of which it won one, the residents are satisfied with their self-designed apartments, and the housing corporation perceives beneficial social effects of the project on the neighbourhood.

Contributors: Vincent van Rossem, Patricia van Ulzen, Rufus de Vries, Arjan Gooijer, Sander Gelinck, Maaike Schravesande, Frans van Hulten
Publisher: Jap Sam Books
224 pages
18cm × 24cm
Format: Paperback
2017
ISBN: 9789490322663
25,00 €
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