May 2016 - New reality

New city neighbourhood along the Spaarne River

On the 1st of June, the first phase of the Scheepmakerskwartier will be officially occupied. After 10 years of intensive work, the former shipyard site between the famous domed jail and the SpaarneRiver will become part of the centre of Haarlem, including public and traffic-free quays, a transit harbour with facilities, and 76 very unique houses. 

Commissioned by De Key housing association, architect Tako Postma designed the master plan for the Scheepmakerskwartier. This has been an exceptional process, because inner city construction in the wind circle of a mill is a delicate operation. Redevelopment projects are always financially complicated, but perseverance and smart solutions usually help. Now that the first phase is completed, everyone can appreciate what a spectacular site this is. The next two phases will follow shortly. 

Together with Jan van Gils, Wilco van Oosten and Jop Alberts, Tako also designed the houses and the semi-sunken parking garage that is integrated nearly out of sight. Engaging that many architects was necessary: there are different types of city houses, dwellings in a Haarlem’s courtyard, two small apartment building and 16 canal houses. These canal houses are specifically designed for individual buyers, but within regulations set in advance. The façades also vary, although the architects and buyers made sure that they match each other. This way, it was possible to buy individually designed houses (without the headache of private commissioning), which are part of an urban neighbourhood built in one go by Dura Vermeer

The interior of the houses is spectacularly spatial: high open spaces, split levels, large and small areas, terraces, bay windows and balconies that provide a marvellous view of the SpaarneRiver and the inner city. Outdoors, pedestrians predominantly see the harbour near the mill including Haarlem’s high and low quays. A most enviable living environment. 

More information: Tako Postma