If you invest lots of time and money in preserving a monument, you opt for an eye catcher on the roof: beautiful roof tiles.
The Van Der Pek neighbourhood is one of first ‘garden villages’ in Amsterdam. The aim of the neighbourhood was to counter the impoverished working-class neighbourhoods in the city centre. At the time, workers were able to live near industries and the shipbuilding sector without the need to establish an expensive riverbank connection between the city centre and Amsterdam-North.
The Amsterdam architect, Jan Ernst van der Pek, designed nearly all the houses; he opted for a neighbourhood with genuine village vibes. The buildings were badly damaged during World War II. Afterwards, 14 of them that needed repair were rebuilt while those beyond repair were demolished and replaced by townhouses to counteract the big housing shortage.
The renovation project started in 2015 and will go on until 2019, when all the houses will be as good as new and able to last for another 50 years, while also having the highest attainable energy label (A) in The Netherlands. Eric Schaaphok, project developer of Housing Corporation Ymere: “The first plans were based on demolition and newly built houses in retro style. After a revolt by the tenants’ association, we decided to preserve the entire neighbourhood. Together with the Commission for Spatial Quality, we started careful renovation: from foundation to shell and from layout to comfort.”
BEAUTIFUL CLAY ROOFS
The old concrete roof tiles were replaced by ceramic tiles. Eric Schaaphok: “If you invest lots of time and money in preserving a monument, you opt for an eye catcher on the roof:beautiful roof tiles.” The brickwork, which was just too complicated to touch, was left as it was – a good washing was sufficient. Where possible, the original old yellow bands in the brickwork were restored together with the arched windows of the shops. With traditionally accurate renovation, the Van der Pek quarter is once again a place providing quality of life for its inhabitants and shop visitors.
Project nameVan der Pek quarter, Amsterdam, Netherlands
ArchitectArchitect Bureau Hoogeveen BV, Amstelveen, Netherlands
ClientHousing Corporation Ymere
Koramic Tuile du Nord 44, natural red
Year of completion2015–2019