E.U. Prize – Mies Award 2017 ends this last edition with the names of the Winner and the Emerging Architect 2017. In this edition the Mies van der Rohe Award goes to Amsterdam with the project called Flat Kleiburg by NL Architects.
The winning project respects the history of the building where it is placed. It is an innovative renovation of one of the biggest apartment buildings in the NL called Kleiburg with 500 apartments.
De FLAT rescued the building from the wracking ball by turning it into a Klusflat meaning that the inhabitants renovate their apartments by themselves. The idea is to renovate the main structure -elevators, galleries, installations- but to leave the apartments unfinished and unfurnished: no kitchen, no shower, no heating, no rooms. This minimizes the initial investments and as such creates a new business model for housing in the Netherlands.
Its materiality was restored, the communal areas were returned to their original form and supplemented with large communal lobb ies. In contrast to other buildings by NL Architects, the focus here was not on devising an impressive form, but rather on preparing a basic form for other actors.