Restoration projects full of architectural details
With restoration work completed on Het Schip (81 apartments, a museum and post office) and recently also Spaarndam 2 (48 apartments), both of these buildings, designed by architect Michel de Klerk, have been returned to their former glory. Commissioned by housing association Eigen Haard, EversPartners worked with Archivolt Architecten and contractor Vastbouw on the restoration of both of these iconic examples of the Amsterdam School style of architecture.
The world-famous block of buildings designed by De Klerk is located in Amsterdam's Spaarndammerplantsoen, between Wormerveerstraat and Zaanstraat. Both Het Schip and Spaarndam 2 opened in the 1920s and now have national monument status. These iconic buildings were characterised by their many architectural details and features. NRC newspaper describes them at length in its article entitled ‘Aaibare paleizen voor de arbeider’. De Klerk himself said 'nothing can be attractive enough for the worker who has had to live for so long without beauty'.
Access to the original drawings, the reuse of existing materials and the expertise of the restorer have made it possible to preserve many of the authentic details during the restoration work, which lasted from 2013 (start of engineering) until the spring of 2020. As a result, the original telephone booths in the post office in Het Schip, where workers from the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood would collect their wages, have been beautifully restored. Both the museum in Het Schip and the post office are open to visitors. Spaarndam 2, the housing block opposite the post office, also had its original yellow ‘strokable’ façade restored in a previous renovation in the 1980s.
You can find more information on the services provided by EversPartners for the restoration of Het Schip and Spaarndam 2 here:
Photos by Léontine van Geffen-Lamers