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13/03/2017

NL + XVW, deFlat apartment building in Amsterdam

 
The Dutch firms NL Architects and XVW Architectuur have renovated one of the largest residential blocks existing in the Netherlands. Containing 500 apartments on 11 floors, the 400-meter-long building originally called Kleiburg is located in the Amsterdam-Zuidoost (Amsterdam-Southeast) borough of the Dutch capital, specifically in Biklmermeer, a residential neighborhood designed in the 1960s by Siegfried Nassuth. Inspired in CIAM directives it pursues a composition based on the repetition of hexagonal pieces. A work of the architect Fop Ottenhof, the Kleiburg was the only building that preserved the original features of Nassuth’s masterplan, and the state of ruin it was in led to the 2011 competition for its refurbishment. After the revamping, the complex was renamed deFlat. The winning project, carried out jointly by NL Architects and XVW Architectuur, renovated the main structure but left the dwellings unfinished – without kitchens, showers, and rooms – in order to reduce costs and enable residents to personalize their homes, with the possibility even of combining two or more units horizontally or vertically. In the intervention, opaque parts of the gridded facades were replaced by double glass surfaces, and additional elevators improved circulation.
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