Construction Begins on Peninsula Architects First International Job

A unique opportunity presented itself to Peninsula for an interior build-out of a client’s new residence in an eclectic city near downtown Amsterdam. While the project presented many challenges due to scale, the condition of the existing space, and an obvious disconnect from the site, Peninsula Architects was able to provide a design with hopes of distinguishing this unit from the other 15 in its collective.

Collective Buskenstraat Huëtstraat, or CBH, includes 16 housing units in the city of Haarlem located just outside of Amsterdam. This project is considered a ‘CPO’ project in Holland, which means you work with your future neighbors as a developer to build your own home. You can imagine that this is quite a tedious process. Local architect Tom Valks (VEDD) had designed each of the exterior facades for the units as well as many of the individual floor plans.

Due to historical regulations in Holland, the front facade could not be altered in any way, only refurbished. Once the exterior designs were completed, clients that purchased a unit prior to build-out had the option to pick one of the pre-designed floor plans for their home or could work with an architect of their choice to complete the design to their liking and exact requirements.

This project requires a tight schedule like most Dutch construction jobs. The demolition and asbestos removal started in early May of 2015. After demolition, the contractor started with the construction of the facade of the 16 housing units, all of which are different in material and size. Once completed they will begin outfitting the interiors per specified plans. The contractors have been restricted to one year of construction with hopes of introducing a younger audience to the neighborhood sooner rather than later.

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