paul de vroom architecten

Westerkaap II



Urban plan for 194 dwellings, approx. 3.000 m2 commercial space and a parking garage. Design for 103 dwellings, 1.690 m2 commercial space and a parking garage.

Westerkaap II is one of the four subplans that were designed within the OD205 Masterplan for the Westerdokseiland. To combine the constraining form of the location with high construction density, a scheme with courtyards, which is normally a building style for introverted inner-city situations, was proposed. However, the Westerdokseiland is a location with a view. Water is present on both sides: on the east side there is the wide expanse of the IJ Water and on the west side there is the Westerdokshaven (harbour area) with typical Amsterdam commercial activities to the rear. A concept has been generated in which benefit can be gained from both sides. The trapeziform area has been divided into four parallel strips running east-west, representing the architectural assignments. The three broadest strips contain courtyards and each courtyard presents a different theme that harmonizes with the differences in the parcel depth and situation: the ‘Garden’, is an elongated, sunny courtyard with greenery; the ‘Pier’, has the informal ambience of a wooden quay; and the ‘Village Square’, is a simple rectangle paved with stone cobbles. A mixture of housing and working areas has been chosen for the buildings around the courtyards. Two-storey construction with entrances on the street and on the courtyard has been developed. Above the second storey, the construction is determined by the architectural continuity on the one hand and by the skyline and the two-directional view on the other. The idea underpinning the construction volume is that the individual buildings ought to be mutually distinct while the coherence of the neighbourhood is maintained. In view of the diversity of the building volumes, the decision was made to apply material uniformity on the exterior, based on brickwork. The materialization on the court side corresponds to the specified theme.

It has been nominated for the ‘Gouden A.A.P.’ (Amsterdam Architecture Prize 2009)
Westerdokseiland: winner of the NEPROM Prize for site development 2009 (logo?)
This award has been created to stimulate high-grade environmental developments in town planning. (NEPROM: The Association of Dutch Property Developers)

Paul de Vroom partner in charge DKV architecten


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