We spent a weekend exploring the city, from the industrial area of NDSM-Plein to the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood, with a tour of the forward-thinking social housing schemes nearby to the Amsterdam School. It was a great opportunity to come together as a practice outside of the studio!

We spent the Saturday morning exploring Museum Het Schip 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.

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