De Kameleon / NL Architects

first_imgCopyApartments•Bijlmermeer, The Netherlands ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/255095/de-kameleon-nl-architects Clipboard Architects: NL Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© Luuk Kramer+ 44 Share The Netherlands ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/255095/de-kameleon-nl-architects Clipboard De Kameleon / NL ArchitectsSave this projectSaveDe Kameleon / NL Architects Apartmentscenter_img Year:  2012 Photographs:  Luuk Kramer, Marcel van der Burg © Luuk Kramer Project Team: Iwan Hameleers, Gertjan Machiels (Project Architects); Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse (Design); Barbara Luns, Gen Yamamoto, Ana Lagoa Pereira Gomez, Jouke Sieswerda, David de Bruijn, Jung-Wha Cho, Florent Le Corre, Stephan Schülecke, Tomas Amtmann, Joao Viera Costa, Jorge Redondo, Juerg-Ueli Burger, Nora Aursand Iversen, Kim Guldmand Ewers © Luuk Kramer Save this picture!© Luuk KramerDe Kameleon is a supersized housing block including a new shopping center and plenty of parking in the area formerly known as Bijlmermeer. The Bijlmer is the one area in the Netherlands that sometimes is considered a ghetto. At the moment, the area is going through a radical renovation process; an attempt is being made to turn it into a regular Dutch suburb. Standard low-rise housing is introduced that replaces the 10 storey apartment buildings but also the green spaces in-between them. In spite of the new format, the Bijlmer remains exotic; it is the place to be for a sensational Roti or sundried Bats.Save this picture!© Marcel van der Burg© Marcel van der Burg The Bijlmer features a fantastic elevated subway track, maybe the only suitable backdrop for an R&B video in the Netherlands.
De Kameleon is placed along the Karspeldreef, one of the main arteries in the area. It is quite a surprise that amidst the new ideology of the small scale such a large new building is projected. Kameleon is organized in horizontal slices. On ground floor is the new shopping center. 
All shops are accessible directly from public space, there is no collective interior: Kameleon is not a Mall. © NL Architects The supermarket, normally a bulky program with extensive impenetrable facades, is embedded in smaller units that as such both differentiate and activate the ‘plinth’. There is one shortcut, The Passage, at 2/3rd of the length, creating an ‘8’. The 8 is good for circulation and good for business. From here an escalator connects to the next level, continuing the 8 in the 3rd Dimension. On the 2nd floor is one more supermarket; easily accessible from the public parking on the same level. Positioning the parking on top of the shops proofed to be cheaper than in a basement. The parking is ‘charged’ by the supermarket on one end and food court / fitness center on the other. Since these programs feature large floor to ceiling heights an extra parking level fits in. The residents will park their cars here.
The facade of the parking is open to the sides allowing natural ventilation. A very large garden is placed on top of the parking. It includes 12 serious trees and a river! Save this picture!© Marcel van der Burg© Marcel van der Burg The garden is surrounded by a four story housing block containing 168 apartments. The side facing the Karspeldreef is continuous to protect the garden from street noise and to create an ‘urban wall’; the other side facing the typical hexagonal green space is punctured. The gaps can be used as playgrounds and for BBQ’s. 
The repetitive structure makes the project affordable. The rhythmic building bays of eight meter and the parking and shopping grids correspond nicely. Every other carrying wall is extended to support the balconies and to provide privacy. The large balconies create dynamic patterns.
Winding stairs lead to the garden and differentiate the large courtyard.
A 10 story slab with 58 apartments rests on this flat Block. It creates a counterpoint to the horizontality and becomes a ‘billboard’ facing the subway. A supersized window visually connects the elevated subway and the elevated garden that are precisely the same height. Save this picture!© Luuk Kramer© Luuk Kramer via NL ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessDETAIL Green, May 2012ArticlesPrimary and Secondary School Proposal / RaichdelRioArticlesProject locationAddress:Bijlmermeer, NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily Projects De Kameleon / NL Architects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeNL ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsHousingBijlmermeeropen planThe NetherlandsPublished on July 18, 2012Cite: “De Kameleon / NL Architects” 18 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Single Women’s Increasing Impact on the Housing Market

first_img Although a study last fall showed the coronavirus pandemic hitting working women harder than their male counterparts—a “she-cession,” the phenomenon has been called—a newer report by Redfin shows single women purchased 9% more homes in the fourth quarter than a year ago, compared with a 4.5% increase for single men.Redfin’s researchers had previously reported that the pandemic-driven recession forced women out of the workforce at a greater rate than men,  especially women of color.“This is another illustration of America’s uneven financial recovery,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “While millions of women have lost their jobs during this recession, the impact has largely been on lower-income women. Meanwhile, most women who were able to afford homes before the pandemic are likely still able to afford homes, and low mortgage rates—especially at the end of 2020—have been incentivizing them to buy.”Women tend to buy less expensive homes than men. The typical home purchased by single women in Q4 sold for $294,000, up 15% year over year. Single men averaged $310,000, a 17% year over year increase. Couples paid an average of $430,000, which is a 15% uptick.For single women, the median monthly mortgage payment was $1,052 in the fourth quarter, compared with $1,125 for single men and $1,535 for couples.Boston tops the list of U.S. metropolitan areas in which home purchases by women are growing, reports Redfin’s Dana Anderson.In Boston, single women made up 25.4% of home purchases in the fourth quarter, compared with 23.3% for single men.A new homeowner in Los Angeles spoke with Redfin about her experience:“I was originally saving for a down payment with a goal of buying my own home in 2021, but interest rates dropped so much with the pandemic that I was able to buy a condo over the summer,” said Sarah Stecker, who bought a two-bedroom condo in Los Angeles in July. “The down payment was the biggest hurdle, but now my monthly mortgage, including HOA fees and property taxes, is just slightly more than I was paying in rent on an apartment in the same neighborhood, and my condo is twice the size. Now, instead of paying my landlord’s mortgage, I’m building equity for my own bank account. I hope to eventually use some of the equity to buy a bigger home for myself and hold onto the condo as a rental property.”The entire report, along with the methodology and a breakdown by metro area is available at Redfin.com. Single Women’s Increasing Impact on the Housing Market Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 2021-03-03 Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Single Women’s Increasing Impact on the Housing Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: Forbearance Activity Up for the First Time in Weeks Next: Metros With the Highest Credit Scores Sign up for DS News Daily March 3, 2021 10,812 Views last_img read more