Location: Kattenburg, Amsterdam
Team: Matthew Riches
As a city with a large, international community, Amsterdam has a need to be accommodating for people from all backgrounds.
From the urban design to the detailed construction techniques - this plan embraces the ideals of porosity along with the intimacy of a low-rise high-density urbanity.
Designed to sit along a strip of land, bound between a long modernist housing block and an industrial canal, the project aims to blend modernism with a fine-grained urbanism. Sitting on a podium of parking and retail, the scheme allows the upper levels to be a intimate and dense system of streets and squares. These are formed by 2-3 storey housing which utilises split levels to create dynamic interiors and intimate openings to the street.
Blurred thresholds, oriel windows and set backs in the buildings allow an informal appropriating of the space to create a sense of community, safety and activity that makes the neighbourhood more welcoming, even responding to the existing buildings.