urban plan and architectural development for five buildings along a railway
The ‘Spoorzone’ (railway zone) is immediately adjacent to the circular railway line in Amsterdam Slotervaart / Overtoomseveld. The only street along the plot is the Ottho Heldringstraat that runs along the long side westward. A continuous wall has been requested for the Heldringstraat – housing on top of business accommodation. The greatest section of the programme is the high-rise apartments on the eastward side (the railway side) of the plot. These have to protect the district behind them from the noise of the trains.
Little side streets slope upwards between the five separate modules. They link the street with the lift lobbies belonging to the high rises. A built-up parking road runs under the blocks on the railway side. The shop fronts of the business accommodation are situated on the Ottho Heldringstraat. These can receive supplies at the back, via their own parking street. The roof gardens are located on top of the ground floor storey for utilities. Dwellings attached to a garden are situated here. Above this, the real high rise starts with apartments turned towards the view.
Arons and Gelauff developed the roughly two hundred dwellings, parking garage and commercial spaces. Peter Defesche (OD205) designed the nursing home/care centre.
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