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Issue #22

If you invest lots of time and money in preserving a monument, you opt for an eye catcher on the roof: beautiful roof tiles.

Eric Schaaphok

red brick facade red brick roof social housing Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
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red brick facade brick roof social housing detail view Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
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AMSTERDAM’S ‘GARDEN VILLAGE’ IN FULL BLOOM AGAIN

Multi-Family

The Van Der Pek neighbourhood in the north part of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, dates back to 1926. Around 1,500 houses are being renovated in phases. About 40 % will be sold to finance the project. The rest of the houses will remain social housing as was the original intention of the neighbourhood. Clay tiles give the new roofs their beautiful look.
red brick facade red brick roof social housing Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
© Hubaer Kusters
red brick facade social housing detail view Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
© Hubaer Kusters

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.

VILLAGE VIBES

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.

red brick facade brick roof social housing front view Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
© Hubaer Kusters
red brick facade brick roof social housing detail view Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
© Hubaer Kusters

BUILDING HISTORY

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.

red brick facade brick roof social housing front view Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
© Hubaer Kusters
red brick facade brick roof social housing front view Van der Pek quarter Amsterdam
© Hubaer Kusters
Facts
  • Project name
    Van der Pek quarter, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect
    Architect Bureau Hoogeveen BV, Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Client
    Housing Corporation Ymere
  • Used products

    Koramic Tuile du Nord 44, natural red

  • Year of completion
    2015–2019
Koramic Tuile du Nord 44 natuurrood Wienerberger roof

Roof

Koramic Tuile du Nord 44 natuurrood – Netherlands