History is preserved in the award winning residential blocks on Tugelaweg in Amsterdam. The two blocks from 1915, designed by Leliman and from Berlage’s urban plan from 1903, have been replaced by a new construction.

Project Name -Tugela
Studio Name – M3H Architects
Completion date– 2015
Project Budget- EUR 18,500,000.00
Location– Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Photography– M3H Architects

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The old blocks are the earliest examples of building block construction in the city. They mark the turning point that Amsterdam no longer developed building by building, but block by block.

A place with a lot of history! We have incorporated this into the design for the new residential blocks. The project is praised for this and for its special details. For example, the main entrances have been turned into real eye-catchers with characteristics of the Amsterdam School. The detailing is particularly rich in places where you come close to the facade.

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Columnist Ronald Hooft previously wrote in Het Parool (newspaper): ‘At first glance there is little difference with what was here earlier. But up close you fall from one addition to the next. The masonry is made with a dizzying composition, vertically stacked stones, interspersed with larger-sized stones and copies glazed in ice cream colours.’

M3H collaborated with AtelierNL on an integrated ‘artwork’ in all facades of the two buildings. Stone for its more than 15,000 rough stonework in the facades worked out as horizontal and vertical lines and surfaces. There are seven different colors of stones: white, gray, orange-brown, red-brown, dark brown, dark green and light green. These originate from the logo of the Handwerkersvriendenkring, the previous client in 1910. The old logo of the circle is preserved and incorporated in one of the stairs.

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Special attention also went to the bricks. All bricks are glazed in their own way. There are seven variants per color, such as: 49 different types. The bricks were specially manufactured for this project by Koninklijke Tichelaar.

Even behind the facades you can see the attention to detail, for example, there is an enormous variety of housing types and floor plans. In total there are 157 homes (partly for sale and partly for social rent), the size changes from approximately 56 to about 125 m2.


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