Ymere – an Amsterdam based housing-association – also owns property in Haarlem. They contacted us to design balconies in Haarlem for a building by Kühne & Co architects. In the end we designed 1 km of balconies and gates as a 'hedge' in different heights, configurations and situations for 'Hof van Sevenhuijsen'
When starting on the project there were numerous issues we kept in mind:
The building 'Hof van Sevenhuijsen' has high rise apartments on one side and low rise houses on the other side of the block. The houses have french balconies and the appartment-block has higher and lower balconies, all with distinct leave patterns. These leaves hang out from the facade but their amount prevents viewing onto the balconies from street level, so they provide privacy for the appartments situated at the busy road. On their side the residents have a straight and spacious balconies.
The courtyard and underground parkingspaces are accessible by floral gates. In the yard the balconies are more sober with just a leave on the bars every now and than.
commision: housing-association Ymerearchtects: Kühne&Coproduction: VMG publications a.o: Domus, De Architect, Designo, Architectuur NL, architectenweb