CoLIVING | E14 AMSTERDAM-PAPAVERDRIEHOEK
The project, awarded as runner-up for the Amsterdam-Papaverdriehoek site of the Europan 2017 “E14 – Productive Cities” session, is intended to start a personal reflexion over two levels: on the one hand urban forms and their potential to critically confront the specific city context, on the other typological variations related to changing social and economic conditions.
Within an area characterized by a highly fragmented ownership that implies bizarre plot shapes in the case of plot grouping, the strategy consists of occupying the edges with clearly defined forms and working on the generated voids as extensions of the collective domain. This principle could be freely adapted to different plot shapes and, on a wider level, these voids could be organized in a future network. In this first intervention, inner freed-up space is the living core of the settlement: conceived as a semi-public space, here highly differentiated activities take place and discover a fertile meeting point. With the aim of being an alternative to dwellings blocks based on the exclusive presence of nuclear families, here a diversified three-dimensional mix of uses and typologies occurs.
Papaverdriehoek is located in Amsterdam-Noord, a district beyond the IJ formerly connected to harbour activities, the strategic importance of which is considerably growing in recent times due to its extraordinary proximity to the city centre.
Design attempts to respond, at the architectural scale the site demanded, to the very specific restraints of the urban context with the aim to investigate the formal potential of a new intervention within this part of the city.