RCKa Study Trip to Amsterdam

RCKa took to rainy Amsterdam for our annual study trip! We explored everything from experimental workspace and modes of inhabitation in the industrial area of NDSM-Plein, to the craft of characterful social housing in the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood. It was a great opportunity to come together as a practice outside of the studio!

On the Saturday morning we explored Museum Het Schip in the East and the surrounding housing schemes, built for workers during the start of the 20th century. “The Ship”, was designed by architect, Michel de Klerk in 1919, containing 102 homes with an internal courtyard, meeting hall and post office. This expressionist style responded to new requirements for social housing in the city, through the 1901 Housing Act. A notable stop on our visit was the Zaanhof complex, inspired by the garden city movement. Colourful homes are set around a playground and park area, accessed by narrow streets and gates, enhancing a sense of community.