Every urbanite’s dream: to live in a gloriously repurposed heritage-listed building. Space Encounters/Beyond Space joined a group of future owners and developer Lingotto and won the commission to transform a characteristic former school in Betondorp, Amsterdam East, into 8 apartments.
A true co-creation effort, all involved parties met regularly for workshops and brainstorm sessions to define the concept. The result marries the old and the new: through an intervention that forms a precise add-on to the original structure, we restored the building to its former glory, using contemporary materials and techniques to emphasise its original shape, its clear architectural idea and composition.
With its rigidly organised and large windows, the new facade facing the inner court echoes monumentality. Sustaining the original bright and high classrooms, dimmed and intimate corridors and the spectacular top floor, this transformation and renewed monument was completed in 2016.
Project team: Remi Versteeg, Stijn de Weerd, Joost Baks, Gijs Baks, Vincent van Leeuwen, Bram van den Heuvel
Contractor: KBK, Volendam
Completed with Space Encounters