Family and studio homes in a 1930s telephone exchange

Nineteen turn-key homes with gardens
In the Baarsjes in Amsterdam West
Living area approx. 90 - 166 m²
Interior design by Piet Boon
Sales prices starting at € 950,000 k.k.
Own land, no ground lease

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Philip of Almonde Street 15

Philip of Almonde Street 15

In the courtyard of a closed residential block in De Baarsjes in Amsterdam, a telephone exchange, a monument from 1926, is being transformed into a special residential building with courtyard gardens. The former KPN building is a monument, a hidden gem, located in the middle of a residential block. For the redevelopment, the choice was made for a transformation into 18 houses with gardens, and 1 apartment, in the middle of an oasis of tranquility. Sales are expected to start before the summer of 2024.

Surroundings

In lively De Baarsjes, creatives and family-friendly vibes come together perfectly. This neighborhood is ideal for young professionals and dynamic families, with an abundance of eateries, coffee shops and relaxing spots. What will your weekend look like if you live here?

Start your day with the most delicious breads and croissants from Fort 9 and stay in shape at De Gymzaal, a sports club a short distance away. Coffee lovers can indulge at Whitelabel. If you want to seek out nature, Rembrandt Park and the nearby nature playground are perfect destinations. Terrasmus in Erasmus Park is also an ideal place for family outings.

Oud West with the Foodhallen is the place for a day of entertainment and good food. Here you will find not only a cinema and library, but also a Foodhal with various eateries. Don't forget to do your shopping at the Ten Kate Market, with an extensive selection; the hummus stall is a must. For the tastiest cheeses, visit Caseus on Jan Evertsenstraat.

Within walking distance are several restaurants, such as Fred's Cousin, which puts a modern twist on the traditional "brown pub. 'Meneer de Wit heeft honger' offers seasonal vegetable dishes, among others. For culinary delights, visit Restaurant Daalder. Hotel Not Hotel, also nearby, is not only a hotel but also a place for cozy drinks at cocktail bar Kevin Bacon.

For a night out, The Jewel offers club nights and events, while the day after you can relax at the Massage House. In short, the neighborhood is buzzing! And if you want to seek out the hustle and bustle of the city, you can reach the Jordaan and the center by bike in just 10 minutes.

History

This municipal monument in the courtyard between Philip of Almonde Street, Witte de With Street and Admiralengracht, was designed by architect Alfred Boeken at the time when there was a great need for telephone connections and not much space in the city.

As part of the expansion of Plan West, this 6th telephone exchange was planned in the middle of a residential block in De Baarsjes. On the first floor came the storage and technical area, on the second floor the telephone exchange where ladies manually laid the telephone connections.

The building was remodeled and expanded several times in the 1960s. Since 2009, it has been a municipal monument because of its cultural-historical value.

The spatial qualities of the still intact interior, the communal stairwells and the monumental main entrance with stained-glass windows in the original design were taken as a starting point to design spatial dwellings. Thus, they all have a private outdoor space on the first floor. The dominant monumental chimney that was used for the KPN antennas will remain intact.
Many original qualities will be restored as much as possible and such as the facade detailing, the entrance corridor and the stairwell with the stained glass windows.