Former factory Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam, Molukkenstraat.
Client: Kroonenberg Group
Surface: 1,500 m2
Activities: architectural and interior design CO to TO, application building application, aesthetic execution supervision, delivery.
Start of construction: January 2020
Project completion: December 2020
Photography: Wouter van der Sar

In 1955, this building on Molukkenstraat in Amsterdam was built as the headquarters for the Royal Utermöhlen bandage factory. An exemplary example of a modernist building made of concrete with large glass facades and slender steel frames. Therefore also labeled by the City of Amsterdam with an “Order 2” status. These are monument worthy buildings with special cultural-historical significance.

Architecturally, the 1950s office building can also be recognized by typical features. A slender and economical concrete construction filled in with steel ‘chair profile’ window frames, single glazing, minimal insulation and no air treatment insulation.

The ambition with the renovation and preservation of this elegant building is the incorporation of a gasless climate system, replacement of the window frames with similar insulated aluminum profiles with triple glazing and upgrading the basement to a full-fledged office floor. A solution was sought that emphasizes the “lightness” of the building: a glass elevator shaft with a slender steel staircase that connects the three floors in a spatial way. In addition, the windows in the lower office floor were significantly enlarged.

The original concrete structure was made visible by using concrete gray acoustic spray paint instead of a standard suspended ceiling. The air treatment system is visibly mounted so that maximum clearance is also achieved in the office spaces. The visible concrete structure makes it easy to install additional interior walls at a later stage. The high-quality Modular LED lighting is suspended from cables. The new steel staircase wraps around a new mostly glass elevator that makes the entire building accessible to the disabled.

The restrooms are lined with large dark gray Ceppo di Grey ceramic tiles that support the rugged character of this modernist building. Electronic faucets and touch-free flush activation contribute to optimal hygiene in the washrooms.

The ceilings in the corridor areas and toilets are done in easily removable and sleek metal perforated ceilings.

The entrance is restored to its former glory with the addition of contemporary comforts. Electric sliding glass doors and a generous and transparent entrance hall welcome a new tenant!

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