program: 2 apartments & workspaces
area: 200 m²
design: allard architecture
project management: Kiki & Chris
structural engineer: Van Rossum BV
Located in the Jordaan area, in the center of Amsterdam, Noordermarkt 30 is a listed rijksmonument dating back to 1615. Allard Architecture’s redesign and full restoration of this house brings a contemporary living solution to the project by applying the requirements of modern day living whilst maintaining the historical aesthetic of the property.
The front façade is restored to its original 1956 condition, while the original 1960’s rear façade is replaced by a detached glazing system offset from the original structure. In contrast to the original design, this new façade allows natural light to flood the interior spaces. Laminated accoya wood mullions and adjustable shading devices are utilized to allow control over light intake. The hierarchy of the spaces is governed by street exposure, with the ground floor living room at the front of the house, and the kitchen and dining area at the rear. This takes advantage of the plot orientation.
The design re-establishes the original typology of lower and upper maisonettes, something that had been lost in previous renovations of the home.