The survival and resurrection of a “Bakema-experiment” in an Amsterdam garden city
Tim Nagtegaal

There is a hidden gem in the Amsterdam garden cities. Jaap Bakema was the founder of an experiment in the 1950s. A piece of “Rotterdam in Amsterdam.” Based on the philosophy of an open society and the human scale. Forty years after completion, there is a call for renewal. The architect’s heritage ends up on the demolition list. Due to the economic crisis, demolition has been postponed and there was time for reflection. The neighborhood seems to survive the test of time. The careful renewal proves to be a great success. This is a story about the resurrection of a Bakema experiment.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing, Post-war housing, Welfare architecture, Mass housing, Collective housing, Garden city, Amsterdam modern architecture, Jaap Bakema, Bakema-experiment, Bakemabuurt, Renovation of modern architecture.

Issue 65
Year 2021
Pages 36-41

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