Brief: Apartment in a former package house in Amsterdam
Project team: Ramin Visch
Status: realized 2007
Area: 80 m²
Apartment Berchem in Amsterdam
Apartment in a former warehouse in a neighbourhood called ‘de Pijp’ in Amsterdam. One space, two structures. A house in a house. A volume wihtin a volume.
The given floor surface is 80m2. Different from the most floors in this area, this apartment does not only have windows in the narrow front- and back facade but also in one of the two long sides, thus enabling western light to enter the apartment. The layout enhances the experience of the complete space. One can see from front- to back faćade. The materialization also emphasizes the transparency of the original structure. The walls and the white ceiling are untouched and clearly visible.
The positioning of a long, slim volume against the blind wall divides the space in a front and back space. The space in the front contains a living room and a kitchen. The space in the back contains a living room with a balcony. Both spaces are light and connected to each other through the corridor along the open facade.
Where the corridor adjoins the volume one finds two bedrooms. Both bedrooms have their own built-in cupboards. The corridor receives its light through the windows in the outer wall, the glass facade of the bedrooms enable this light to penetrate to the bedrooms. This double skin (outer wall and glass facade) guarantees the peacefulness of both bedrooms. A ventilation system provides fresh air.
Rooms not requiring daylight are positioned where the volume touches the blind facade. The bathroom, accessible from the front space, and a storing / washing room, is accessible from the back space. Both enclosed spaces can be easily accessed.
The bathroom is made in light polyester. The skin of the volume is made of wood. In the front space the volume contains space for kitchen sink, stove and tools, at the space in the backside, next to the living area, it contains bookshelves and an entry door to the store / washing room. The consistent use of materials emphasizes the distinction between existing space and the newly added volume. This enhances the lucidity of the total space.
The three facades with windows give the apartment a light and open character, providing a view on the street and neighbouring facades. One continuous curtain along the three open facades enables the transformation of the space in one gesture and closes the apartment off from the outer world. This snow white curtain enhances the clear entity of the apartment. One space, containing an apartment based on a functional lay-out. Original structure and intimate approach. Open, transparent intimacy.