Windmill ‘de Bloem’

Commissioned by the municipality of Amsterdam and in collaboration with the Academy for redevelopment (Academie van Herontwikkeling) we did a study on the redevelopment potential of windmill de Bloem (molen de Bloem). To this end we mapped the monumental qualities and the development potential.

  • Since 1998, the mill is no longer in use (as a mill) and only opened occasionally by Henk Schuurman (as a present occupant) for visiting. Sketchy we have explored a number of variants for the possibilities of an extension in and around the mill. Hereby defining frameworks in relation to the available location, the (historical) context and of course the mill itself as visual element with historical and monumental value. At first, the sketches were limited mainly to separate extensions which had no physical connection with the mill. This is because in our perception the mill should be cherished as a stand-alone entity. Our historical analysis, however, soon showed us the pragmatic nature of mills (in general). When mills were still in use as an industrial object very often extensions or adjustments were made to realize a profitable business. The result is that, in particular, the substructure of no mill in the Netherlands is the same and thus this variety is also part of the image-defining nature of the mill. In this context we found a reason to investigate whether a construction with a physical connection to the mill is perhaps possible. The recognizable, strong (iconic) appearance of the mill above the plinth makes it possible to add some ‘noise’ without sacrificing strength. Perhaps with a sophisticated design the character even can be strengthened.

  • location
    Haarlemmerweg Amsterdam
    client
    Stadsdeel Amsterdam-West
    floor area
    240 m2
    period
    2014
    status
    Preliminary study
    advisor
    Stichting HER
    photographer
    Maarten Meester | Ard de Vries
    team
    Maarten Meester - project architect
    Ard de Vries - project architect
    Nathalie van der Hoeven - project leader
    Mira Kho - supervisor
    Jan Haeck - draftsman
    Arnold Groot - building engineer
    Jet van den Heuvel - advisor
    Andre van Stigt - advisor