Ex-Casa 400 addresses the potential of left-over spaces in cities for the creation of high-density apartment blocks for affordable housing.
The project, which combines student rooms with starters apartments, provides the city of Amsterdam with a new area for compact living. Whereas the urban plan foresaw the demolition of the existing post-war construction, not appreciating its value for preservation, a number of precise renovation measures allowed for the reuse of the 400 student rooms for new student residences. A piece of architecture with ethos could therefore be kept for the city. The remaining triangular plot, illustrative of the many residual spaces in the city, offered a great opportunity for densification. As an environment for starters who have outgrown the one room they lived in as a student, 130 two-room apartments have been created in a distinctive tower, coupling a vibrant, dense living environment with the quality of anonymity.