Residential ArchitectureLoftsDIY-Housing in Amsterdam - Amstelloft by WE Architecten

DIY-Housing in Amsterdam – Amstelloft by WE Architecten

DIY-housing in Amsterdam

The collective DIY-housing project Amstelloft consists of spacious loft-apartments. Inspired by dwellings in old schools, churches and warehouses: flexible space with double height which can be turned into living spaces ranging from open lofts to four-bedroom-apartments. The future inhabitants were intensely involved in the realization benefiting the pronounced posibilities and character of the design.

The living spaces have a height of 5,5 meters which allows every household to realize their own demands and dreams. The concrete structure can be filled with extra wooden floors which are easily adaptable when the interior no longer fits due to, for example, increased family size or a change of job.

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 1

WE architecten took initiative to start this DIY-housing development. At information evenings a group of enthusiast future inhabitants was formed around the spacious living concept. The municipality awarded the initiative with a beautiful site with a fanstastic view on the river Amstel, running through the heart of the city of Amsterdam.

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 2

The arched facade openings enhance the experience of the double-high spaces and give the DIY-housing structure a binding and outspoken character. Large facade openings and voids making it possible to create deep and bright apartments since daylight can enter deep into the building. Making a compact building was important to realize the high sustainability ambitions.

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 3

One important principle was the separation of the building structure and the interiors in the realization process. This gave the individual households full freedom within their living spaces. This deviation from the regular building process also required a thorough coordination with the municipality. During the design process the DIY-housing concept was fully engineered in all its aspects.

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 4

The DIY-housing concept ‘Living like in old schools, churches and warehouses’ has been fully embraced by our clients. This has resulted in a surprising variety of lively and spacious interiors.

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 5

The materials enhance the concept of ‘Living like in old schools, churches and warehouses’. The buildings’ structure is meant robust en tough and the chosen materials age well. The number of materials is limited to create a modest and timeless facade. The arched facade openings are strenghtened with the brick detailling.

Architects: WE architecten
Project: DIY-housing project Amstelloft
Architect in Charge: Wouter van Alebeek, Erik de Vries
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Project Year 2016
Photography: Filip Dujardin

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 6

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 7

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 8

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 10

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 9

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 11

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 12

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 13

DIY-housing in Amsterdam 14

Thank you for reading this article!

Alexandre-de-Sève Town House: When Heritage and Contemporary Meet

In 2017, the townhouse owners contacted Montreal architect Guillaume Lévesque for a very unique renovation project.

Timber Garden Pavilion / Black Line One Architecture Studio

Black Line One Architecture Studio has designed this timber garden pavilion in Melbourne, in a garden of olive trees. This compact addition forms a new...

Extension and Renovation for an Summer House

NE-AR, an architectural studio from Frankfurt, Germany, has designed an extension and renovation for existing small old summer house in Río Negro, Argentina. Project description...

A New House Built on the Site of a Former Perfume Factory

The narrow site, bounded on three sides by other buildings, contained a derelict perfume factory. As the client had affection for its industrial charms, we were keen to capture some of that aesthetic, with the expressed roof structure, reeded glass screens, painted brick and black-stained exterior weatherboarding ...

Stairway House, Tokyo / Studio Nendo

Stairway house is a two-family home in a quiet residential area of Tokyo. With other houses and apartment buildings pressing around the site, the architectural volume was pushed to the north to take in daylight, ventilation, and greenery

Related Articles