“Juf Nienke” in Amsterdam IJburg offers a well-balanced mix of 61 sustainable rental homes, parking spaces, and a commercial ground floor. Half of the homes are allocated to middle-income teachers, healthcare providers, and police officers. The fully wooden building can proudly claim the title of the most sustainable and circular residential building in the Netherlands. Volantess guided the unique project.
Light, Air & Space
RAU and SeARCH Architects were responsible for the unique and robust architecture of Teacher Nienke. The building has a lively and transparent ground floor, predominantly made of glass and wood. Above it, there is a varied range of homes, from compact studios to spacious family houses. With outdoor spaces attached to the homes, a meeting deck, a large inner garden, and the transparent high ground floor, the building exudes ample light, air, and space.
Teacher Nienke embraces a nature-inclusive approach to the building and outdoor spaces, contributing to biodiversity and radiating hospitality towards humans, plants, and animals. The green design provides ample room for plants to grow and desired nesting and shelter opportunities for animals. Atop the building, which features a roof covered in solar panels, a module is designed as a bat hotel.
Circular and Modular
The focus on humans and nature was also incorporated into the design and construction process. 80% of the materials used in the homes are reusable and fall under environmental class 1. The building is constructed using a smart combination of prefabricated units, with concrete limited to the ground floor. On top of the concrete table structure, factory-produced modular units are stacked using timber frame construction. The abundant use of wood allows the building to sequester CO₂.
Due to the high circular ambitions and low MPG score (environmental performance of buildings), our entire team worked on developing the concept. Fire safety also presented significant challenges, as constructing a fully wooden building at this height is unique. We submitted comprehensive justifications to obtain approval from the municipality.
We are proud of the beautiful result achieved through close collaboration with CRCL, RAU, SeARCH Architects, Pieters bouwtechniek, DGMR, Hazenberg, and Barli.
IJburg, Centrumeiland, Amsterdam
61 homes, commercial ground floor, parking garage for cars, and bicycle storage.
rental homes, 30 middle-income rentals, and 31 private sector rentals. Commercial ground floor: including Compannany daycare.
RAU & SeARCH Architects
Hazenberg & Barli
approx. 7,400 m²
Second quarter of 2020
Fourth quarter of 2022
Fully constructed from wood. Most sustainable and circular residential building in the Netherlands.’