Zuidblok, Amsterdam

In the west of Amsterdam, housing association de Key is building the Zuidblok: a residential building with 219 student units and 350 starter homes. The architects for the building are Arens en Gelauff and KENK. Bureau B+B is designing the courtyards offering both tranquility and vibrancy.

The outdoor spaces of the Zuidblok gradually shift from public to private. Surrounding the building are the city streets, where traffic passes by. The block is divided in two by a public passage. Cars can park in the northern part of the passage, on the other side lies a vibrant square with caf├ęs and restaurants. During the day, pedestrians and cyclists can cross the Zuidblok from east to west through a passage that is closed off in the evening.

The inner world of the Zuidblok consists of a series of spaces that vary in dynamics. On both sides of the vibrant square semi-public courtyards can be found, with lockable gateways. The front part of the courtyards have a communal atmosphere. Here, people can meet, play, or have their neighborhood picnics. At the back of the gardens, there are quiet, more seclude areas, where residents can retire to read, relax or work in the garden.

  • Location: Vlaardingenlaan, Amsterdam, Nederland
  • Client: de Key