Haarlemmerpoort, Amsterdam

The Haarlemmerpoort (‘Gate to Haarlem’) was originally built as a city gate. After losing this function in 1851 it housed various functions and faced a period of decay. Untill the city of Amsterdam decided it had to be renovated and transformed into 8 comfortable and sustainable, yet affordable apartments. A high level of ambition was defined: the apartments had to offer level of new construction in sustainability and comfort. The original construction and character of the monumental building had to be preserved and integrated in the apartments. The renovation of the Haarlemmerpoort and the accessibility for local citizens were a boost for the entire neighborhood.

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