‘Set’ housing in IJburg for De Alliantie
Housing corporation De Alliantie was faced with the task of providing housing to selected refugee status holders in Amsterdam in the shortest possible time. In view of the limited availability of suitable housing, the housing corporation decided to order three new-build housing projects in IJburg, to be composed of modular units.
The 141 residential units of the ‘Set’ project had to be ready for occupation very quickly. They had to be suitable for a mixed target group of first-time buyers and refugee status holders. The building needed to exude a mature, architecturally-pleasing aesthetic, taking into account its situation and the surrounding residents.
In only 13 weeks’ time, Jan Snel delivered 103 one-person studios and 38 two-person flats, constructed from modular building blocks of approximately 3m by 6m. Featuring prefabricated bathrooms and window frames, the stackable units consist of a modular steel structure with a concrete floor and timber frame walls. The façade was finished on site. Due to the urgency of the situation, a deviation from the zoning plan was permitted at this location for a maximum of ten years, meaning that a temporary modular construction method could be employed.
Social housing/housing for refugee status holders
Thanks to the modular construction method, the building could not only be erected in just three months but it can also be taken apart again to rebuild the same housing facilities at a different location. The building has an all-electric climate system and solar panels that generate a portion of the necessary energy.