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Hiphouse Zwolle Holland : Dutch Housing – Architecture
Residential Development – design by Atelier Kempe Thill in The Netherlands
24 Aug 2009
New Poverty = New Richness
“Hiphouse” Zwolle / The Netherlands – 64 social housing units
Design: Atelier Kempe Thill
Maximizing the Minimum: Hiphouse Zwolle
At the dawn of a new era of neo-liberalism in Europe, social housing is once again regarded with increasing indifference. The implicit assumption is that apartments for the lower social classes ought to be small, cramped, dark, badly built and ugly.
Photos © Ulrich Schwarz, Berlin
Architecture in the sense of a building art hardly plays a role here, for marketing and spatial qualities are regarded as unimportant and superfluous.
Glass Tower Centralized Typology: An Alternative to the Deck-Access Typology
The deck-access typology is the most common form of multi-story social housing in the Netherlands, because a large number of apartments can be connected to a limited number of stairwells. Despite the social stigma this typology has come to represent, it remains an almost inevitable solution. Due to its extreme cost-efficiency it is still being employed today in large numbers. The very compact building typology realized through the central circulation in Zwolle offers an economic and competitive alternative.
Circulation as Collective Space: The Atrium
The arrangement of apartments along the volume’s perimeter creates the opportunity to insert a central atrium at no additional cost. A 5.4m high entrance hall gives access to this space, which measures a vertical 26m and is illuminated by a skylight. At the core of the building, the atrium lends an unexpected spatial generosity, which stands in surprising contrast to the external appearance.
Panorama and Light: The Emancipation of Social Housing
Upon entering the apartments it becomes evident that even in social housing real luxury should be indispensable. The units are very well lit, with minimal circulation areas and large living spaces with freestanding kitchen blocks. Loft spaces are not an exclusive form of living reserved for a well-to-do elite, but are also realizable in the context of social housing. An emancipation of the lower income classes will last but not least have to be achieved through an increase in the quality of individual housing.
Atrium Tower Hip House Zwolle – Building Information
Address: Obrechtstraat 21-147
Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Client: Woningstichting SWZ, Postbus 4004, 8004 DA Zwolle
Total building budget: € 5.450.000 (excl. VAT) – incl. technical installations
Team planning and realisation:
Architect: Atelier Kempe Thill architect and planners, Rotterdam (NL)
Urban planner: De Zwarte Hond, Rotterdam – partner-in-charge Jeroen de Willigen
Building Physics: Adviesbureau Nieman, Zwolle
General Contractor: Moes Bouwbedijf Oost bv, Zwolle
Photographer/ Copyright holder: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz
Hiphouse Zwolle images / information from Atelier Kempe Thill
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