Three in One
What is better than one courtyard?... Three.
I think we all know the feeling of stress. People in the Nederland’s are busy people, you see that clearly and especially in the city of Amsterdam. There are a lot of people living and working in Amsterdam and that is noticeable. Stress is high and the citizens are running through the city. In contrast of this Amsterdam has his small courtyards. The courtyards in the Jordaan are a small pieces of heaven on earth. There are quiet, peaceful and a place to get away from the busy urban live. This contrast inspired and fascinated me and became therefore the starting point of the design process.
If you look at the location it just ask for a closed building block. The neighbourhood is build up out of these blocks. Friends of mine live in Rotterdam at a closed building block and there are really nice at the inside but there is also a problem. Because the ground floor is privately owned most of the gardens are full of litter and rubbish and are not in use. The courtyards that I visited, I found heaven but they have really small dwellings and are not good enough for modern living. So my thought was why not combine the two? To get the nice parts of bough.