Odd Job

Kleiburg is the last original apartment building in the Bijlmermeer: a magnificent beauty, larger than life: 400 meter long, 10 stories high, 500 apartments (of about 100 m2 each), 4 KM of galleries… in a way ‘the last man standing’ in the ‘War on Modernism’…

Housing Corporation Rochdale calculated that a thorough renovation would cost about 70 million Euro. But bulldozing the BMF and building a lucrative low-rise development in-stead –not long ago an almost irresistible option- is in this ‘bunny market’ not feasible either.

In order to catalyze an alternative plan for this Megastructure the housing corporation put the building for sale for ONE Euro.

Alter a selection procedure there is only one party left at the table. Consortium De Flat, consisting of KondorWessels Vastgoed, Hendriks CPO, Vireo Vastgoed en Hollands Licht, introduces Kleiburg as Klusflat. ‘Klussen’ translates as ‘doing odd jobs’.

The idea is to renovate the main infrastructure -elevators, galleries, installations- but to leave the apartments unfinished. The future residents can buy the shell and renovate it by themselves. For a very low price. And entirely according to their wishes. Owning a home suddenly comes within reach. It will be so cheap that two flats (or more!) can be combined into one. Either by making vertical voids or horizontal holes.

Martijn Blom of the Consortium has invited Rappange & Partners and us to contribute to materialization of this concept: an unexpected (and very welcome) chance to substantiate our prediction that Kleiburg could some day end up on the cover of Wallpaper

2 Responses to “Odd Job”

  1. Architectural Facades Says:

    That building is absolutely massive. It would be interesting to see how many different styles of interior room layouts they have, or are they all identical throughout?

  2. michael Says:

    if the building is 1euro, how much is one apartment? 0,01cents? I take two – at least!

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