On the edge of the city center of Amersfoort sits a beautiful 60s office building, named after its first user: car company Nefkens. The building consists of an expressive car showroom on the ground floor and offices behind a neutral ‘grille’ of columns above.
Schipper Bosch, owner of the building for twenty years, commissioned us to design its ambition to transform the office building into an apartment building, without losing its distinct architectural qualities and optimistic sixties flair.
Both wings of the building are extended with a new top floor, creating room for four penthouses and an opportunity to design the ‘crown’ of the building. Clad in brushed aluminum the added floors complement the existing structure and give the building a new elan. Large terraces and balconies oriented towards the sun are added at the back. On ground level a new passage cuts through the heart of the building, connecting the front and the back of the buiding. Being fitted with lots of trees and plants, the new front plaza will extend the park all the way to the Utrechtseweg.
Type: reconversion, apartment building
Year: 2017 - 2020
Status: under construction
Client: Schipper Bosch
Contractor: Karbouw Bouwonderneming
Public space: ZUS + VIC Landscapes
Mural: Thomas Trum
Archive images: Unkown (street view), Book: Nefkens Amersfoort 1880 - 2000 (birds eye)