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CONTENTS   4 SITES  

SILO

  TETTERODE   DE LOODS   EDELWEIS   APPENDICES   NOTES   SUB-SITES

BOOK:  DAVID CARR-SMITH  -  IMPROVISED ARCHITECTURE IN AMSTERDAM INDUSTRIAL SQUATS & COLLECTIVES

"TETTERODE" SQUAT 1981-/COLLECTIVE 1986 to--  -p2(of 18)

WORK-SPACES - OUTSIDER RENTABLE


< TETTERODE - p1:  INTRODUCTION < 
   TETTERODE - p2:  PUBLIC-USE & WORK-SPACES
>
TETTERODE - p3:  RESIDENTIAL DOMAINS >

> TETTERODE - p4:  DACOSTAKADE BUILDINGS: MERKELBACH & HARTCAMP >

> TETTERODE - p5:  DACOSTAKADE: MERKELBACH APTS - mb//mb1/mb2 >

> TETTERODE - p6:  DACOSTAKADE: MERKELBACH APTS - mb3 >  

> TETTERODE - p7:  DACOSTAKADE: MERKELBACH APTS - mb4 >

> TETTERODE - p8:  DACOSTAKADE: MERKELBACH APTS - mb5/mb6 >

> TETTERODE - p9:  DACOSTAKADE: HARTCAMP APTS - hc//hc1/hc2 >  

> TETTERODE - p10:  DACOSTAKADE: HARTCAMP APTS - hc3 >

> TETTERODE - p11:  DACOSTAKADE: HARTCAMP APTS - hc4(1) > 

> TETTERODE - p12:  DACOSTAKADE: HARTCAMP APTS - hc4(2) > 

> TETTERODE - p13:  DACOSTAKADE: HARTCAMP APTS - hc5/hc6 >

> TETTERODE - p14:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT BUILDINGS >

> TETTERODE - p15:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bd//bd1 >

> TETTERODE - p16:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bd2 >  

> TETTERODE - p17:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bd3 > 

> TETTERODE - p18:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bdN >

TETTERODE WORK PLACE  ... in process
[Writing and info 2008]

On subsequent pages we tour the private tenures of Tetterode, the residential enclaves with their homes and studios. On this page we visit some of the rented work spaces, both inside the Collective and accessed directly from the street - studios, workshops, small companies, a theatre, kindergarten, disco, and shops - many of which spaces are hired and their interiors designed and built by people living elsewhere in the city.

On Tetterode's two street-fronts are the Collective's most external engagements: its public 'cul-de-sacs'. The most visible are shop-style cavities that hardly penetrate the site; the three larger venues: the basement disco, theatre, and kindergarten school, are deeper, reached via street-entries accessing exclusive passages sealed from the Collective. All these establishments have hardly changed in function since the mid 1990s - apart from one shift of use, only elaborations are noticeable.

Starting at Bilderdijkstraat's south end, Tetterode's own cafe has become a citizens advice centre run partly by Tetterode residents [165F]; next are 2 doors: first the Collective's [187], second a famous public night-club's [165E] [1]; then we pass the building's four high centre bays [2] divided between a garment-shop [165D] and large modern-art gallery [165C]; finally, beyond the Collective's 2nd door (the Company's erstwhile admin-entrance) [165B], is the last public facility on this west front, a hairdressing-salon [165A], which 'contains' against its north wall a boxed-in passage from the Collective's 3rd door [163]. On the Dacostakade side, again walking from the south, past the Hartcamp residents' south door [164] and the big castle-like Courtyard entrance [162], is the extraordinary cavity of the Dijktheatre in the gutted 1912 Company library [160]; next, after the main Da Costakade residents' door [158], are the Merkelbach building's four street-accessible craft-workshops [156 to 150], and lastly, just beyond Merkelbach's north end, a long entry-path to a kindergarten school, given space by the Tetterode squat in the early 1980s [148?]. 

Inside Tetterode's boundary are its three work-only zones which are accessible to people who live outside the Collective and rent work-places within them. The most extensive of these zones is Tetterode's ground-level. A second is its renovated Basement. The smallest is the Merkelbach level-1 "Entresol" floor.

The first work zone is ground level and spreads through three Tetterode locations: the central Courtyard, the North-End, and Merkelbach's ground-floor. Around the Courtyard are a variety of types of enterprise: across its south side is a single big workshop for metal fabrication; on its north are wood workshops and a help-bureau for social-security claimants; on its east are a tiny and delicate cello workshop, the Dijktheatre's back-stage rooms, and "Souldancing" massage (in 1993 a music-shop). Tetterode's 'North-End', a collection of six studios and workshops plus the kindergarten school, is beyond the Courtyard's north-side bridges and walled by Bilderdijk's north-extension and Da Costakade's Merkelbach. Merkelbach's ground floor is a row of four transverse workshops opening from the street, with rear exits into a branch of the main North-end corridor that crosses the site from Da Costakade to Bilderdijkstraat.

The second work zone is in the renovated Basement [3] which in the mid 1990s tended to studios: music, printing, ceramics, but now (2008) has only one workshop and is otherwise all rented by Tetterode residents for storage. 

The third and smallest zone is Merkelbach's level-1 "Entresol" which hosts the Vereniging office and ‘clean’ design-/media-based businesses, in an enclave-like space with a locked door, off Da Costakade's central stair/lift landing. 

Non residents who work in Tetterode can reach all three of these inner work zones from either the Bilderdijkstraat 165B entry - through the Tetterode Company's rather pompous reception-hall and via the N-end passage across the site's width. Or (more commonly) through the Da Costakade 162 vehicle entrance tunnel directly to the central Courtyard, from which (if they work elsewhere) a narrow alley at the NE corner offers first a Basement stair, then Dacostakade's central stair/lift lobby: up to the mb-L1 Entresol, then the rear entries of the Merkelbach street-front workshops, then left into the N-end passage threading between the rear entries of Courtyard workspaces and front-entries of N-End workshops. Only these work-zones are open to Tetterode's incoming commuters and reaching even these can require several keys; if one misses ones floor and steps on a silent landing flanked by the locked steel doors of residential floor-enclaves the domestic heart of Tetterode seems utterly separate and aloof.

Notes :

  1. “De Trut” disco is in the semi-basement of the old Bilderdijk building, in its east-half under the Lettermagazijn enclave.  

  2. The huge central 4-bay room was designed as the Tetterode company's show-room [re: Note # - Tetterode history ... in prep]

  3. Tetterode's basement was first converted in 1992.

 

TETTERODE: PLAN - LEVEL 0 (GROUND) WORK-SPACES
(Plan: Mikel van Gelderen 2006 [modified] / info 2008 / top is EEN) 

[Note: At bottom-left is 'Bilderdijk North' a special case within Tetterode [ref: p18- bdN]. Though consisting of 4 pure work spaces and only 1 apt - and thus mainly used by people from outside Tetterode - it shares the self-enclosed isolation and social character of the apt enclaves and is therefore shown in the Residential section 

[For info on street entries ref: TET ENTRANCES ]

TETTERODE: PLAN - LEVEL 01 (BASEMENT) WORK-SPACES
(Plan: Mikel van Gelderen 2006 [modified] / info 2008 / top is EEN) 

TETTERODE: PLAN - LEVEL 1 (Mb "ENTRESOL" & Bd-N) WORK-SPACES
(Plan: Mikel van Gelderen 2006 [modified] / info 2008 / top is EEN) 

Merkelbach's level-1 'Entresol' is as high as working commuters may penetrate the Tetterode residential pueblo.

 

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STREET-ENTERED PUBLIC VENUES: BILDERDIJKSTRAAT / DACOSTAKADE 

The function of these public street-entered 'cul-de-sac' spaces is inevitably biased towards selling products rather than making them. However Tetterode's two street-fronts present rather different modes of commerce. Most rented spaces along Tetterode's west street-front, on the busy Bilderdijkstraat (a main traffic route which in Tetterode's vicinity is lined with shops) are obviously commercial and offer an immediate interface with the buying public [1]. The rented spaces along Tetterode's east street-front (on the quiet residential and traffic-limited Dacostakade) display no obvious public interface, their products are purveyed via ticket, registration, appointment and chance entry.

Unless otherwise stated, all these spaces are now [May 2008] rented and run by outsiders.

Notes :

  1. The “De Trut” disco and the Kindergarten school are exceptions. "De Trut" is included here because its entrance is on Bilderdijkstraat, the venue however is deeply buried in the building. The Kindergarten is similarly accessed directly from the street via an entry passage on Dacostakade.

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BILDERDIJKSTRAAT:  ADVICE CENTRE ... DISCO ... CLOTHES SHOP ... ART GALLERY ... HAIRDRESSER

There are six work spaces facing onto or accessed from the Bilderdijk street frontage; all except the Citizen's Advice Centre and the Disco are conventional shops. 

The building is divided longitudinally. Its front-half centre-four bays are double height, built for Tetterode's showroom - this portion is shared by a clothes shop and an art gallery whose L-shaped spaces embrace each other (an ironic juxtaposition of metaphorical twins!). Behind these street-front spaces its rear-half is a semi-basement of similar size plan but only half-height, used by a disco night-club accessed via a closed passage from the street.

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: STREET FRONT SHOPS, PUBLIC VENUES, WORK-SPACES
(pic 8-1990 / to NNE)

In 2008 (the date of most pics) this was the sequence from the nearest S end:

2 small windows = citizens advice centre

2 doorways = 167: the Collective / 165E: public disco. 

2 huge windows = shop - clothes shop

2 huge windows = shop - art gallery

1 doorway = 165B: the Collective

2 small windows = shop - hairdressers 

1 doorway = 163: the Collective

5 windows (2 arched, plus 2 flat ones beyond) = the Bilderdijk-North extensions housing 4 work-spaces [ref: bdN enclave].

 

CITIZENS ADVICE CENTRE - BILDERDIJKSTRAAT 165 F

This space was always an interface between the public and the Collective - previously it was Tetterode's cafe, now (2008) a citizens advice centre. The facility is run by two Tetterode residents who share the work with outsiders.

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: CITIZENS ADVICE CENTRE - STREET FRONT 
(pic 6-5-08 / to E)

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: CITIZENS ADVICE CENTRE
(pic 6-5-08 / to W)

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: CITIZENS ADVICE CENTRE
(pic 6-5-08 / to EES)

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: CITIZENS ADVICE CENTRE
(pic 6-5-08 / to E)

Though the rear left opening is the office, the red door is to toilets. 

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: CITIZENS ADVICE CENTRE OFFICE
(pic 6-5-08 / to EEN)
The right opening is into the office kitchen; on the left a red door accesses Tetterode's Bilderdijkstr 167 entry passage.

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"DE TRUT" ("THE COW") DISCO - BILDERDIJKSTRAAT 165 E

The "De Trut” gay disco is not a Bilderdijk street-front venue - it occupies the semi-basement of the old Bilderdijk building, in the east-half under the Lettermagazijn enclave - it is entered (open sunday nights) through an enclosed passage-way from its Bilderdijkstraat door. 

The Tetterode squatters first used the space around 1983 as the "de Flux" bar; in 1985 the "trutters" took it over and have "done some rebuilding in the last 22 years" [info: Richard Prins 08].

BILDERDIJK SEMI-BASEMENT CLUB "DE TRUT"
(paste-up 2-pics 28-4-08 / to EES)

The semi-basement beneath the Lettermagazijn enclave, in the east half of Bilderdijk old building is rented to an external group "De Trut" for a night-club. The club opens sunday nights - these pics are taken on a monday when the club is cleaned.

On the far side there are two doors open to the Courtyard - when the club is in session these are closed and there is no access to the Collective. The club is entered from Bilderdijkstraat: through a street door into a passage that passes under most of the Bilderdijk building, finally entering this semi-basement onto the raised 'stage' on its south side [pic: cntr to rt].

In the foreground is the disco; beyond the big centre pillar along the east wall is the bar.

BILDERDIJK SEMI-BASEMENT CLUB "DE TRUT": BAR
(pic 28-4-08 / to NE)

The bar is along the east wall.

 

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"TREKKERMAAN" CLOTHES SHOP - BILDERDIJKSTRAAT 165 D

                                                           

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: "TREKKEMAAN" CLOTHES SHOP - STREET-FRONT
(pic 18-4-08 / to SSW)

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: "TREKKEMAAN" CLOTHES SHOP
(paste-up 2-pics 18-4-08 / to WWN)

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ART GALLERY - BILDERDIJKSTRAAT 165 C

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: ART GALLERY (STARTED BY LEO ASCHENBACH IN 1983)
(pic 9-94 / to EES)

At this time the gallery was run by Tetterode residents.

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: ART GALLERY 
(pic 23-4-08 / to NNE)
The gallery office was made in 2006

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: ART GALLERY 
(pic 6-5-08 / to SSW)

Sculptures are by Thom Puckey a Tetterode resident [ref: mb-L2].

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: ART GALLERY - FROM MEZZANINE
(pic 23-4-08 / to NW)

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: ART GALLERY REAR EXIT -  FROM COMPANY ENTRY HALL
(pic 6-5-08 / to S)

The old building's four bays were the Tetterode Company's showroom - this was its exit into its reception and admin area.

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HAIRDRESSER (GERARDUS SALON) - BILDERDIJKSTRAAT 165 A

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: HAIRDRESSER - AT NIGHT
(pic 30-10-06 / to E)

This hairdresser shop and three entries are at the north end of the Bilderdijk old building, beneath the north Entresol [bd-L1/eN]. The big door at pic-right is the Tetterode Co. admin entry [165 B]; the glazed door opens into the hairdresser's; the door to its left [163] leads into the Collective (to the bd old building and bdN enclaves) via an enclosed passage through the shop's space.

BILDERDIJKSTRAAT: HAIRDRESSER
(pic 6-5-08 / to EEN)

Gerardus' salon - view through Bilderdijkstraat window.

On the left side is the boxed-in passage from the Collective's entry 163.

 

DA COSTAKADE:  THEATRE ... MERKELBACH WORKSHOPS ... KINDERGARTEN

Unlike the immediate public openness of most Bilderdijkstraat venues, the internally constructed products of the more secluded Dacostakade venues are accessible by ticket, registration, or fortuitous discovery. The Theatre and the Kindergarten school purvey in situ events and services, and the street-front location of the Merkelbach building's craft workshops allows a shop-like but incidental ingress for potential customer commissions. All these spaces are rented and run by outsiders..

Though Bilderdijkstraat's venues are shown in street-number sequence, Dacostakade's sequence is not followed. Its two main venues, the Theatre and the Kindergarten, are shown first because their mode of functioning and type of product are analogous. The Merkelbach workshops are shown last because their categorical position is ambiguous: they can be publically entered like Tetterode's other street-front venues, or they can be treated 'from the Collective's interior' as part of the large group of internally accessed workplaces that constitute Tetterode's 'North-end'.

DACOSTAKADE: STREET FRONT PUBLIC VENUES & WORK SPACES
(pic 8-1990 / to NW)

In 2008 (the date of many of the pics) this was the sequence from the nearest S end:

Hartcamp building:

1 huge doorway = 162: the Collective (vehicle entry)

4 windows = public venue: theatre

1 doorway = 160: theatre

Merkelbach building:

1 doorway = 158: the Collective

4 glazed facades = 156 to 150: shop-like workspaces

beyond Merkelbach: 

1 entry = 148: Kindergarten school (ex-Collective)

 

THE "DIJKTHEATRE" - DA COSTAKADE 160

The Dijktheatre spans the whole ground-level depth of the Hartcamp building - from its Dacostakade-fringing auditorium to its inner Courtyard-facing 'back-stage' space. These two parts are equal functional aspects of this important public venue. Because its public entry is in Dacostakade I have chosen to list it here under 'Street-entered public venues', however because it is a major component of the Courtyard's physical, social, working life it is also referenced in the section 'Work-Zone 1 (Courtyard)' below.  

DIJKTHEATRE: HARTCAMP STREET-FRONT - WINDOWS & PUBLIC ENTRY
(pic 12-4-06 / to SSW)

The Dijktheatre's performance space is behind the six large windows and its public entry is through the door to their right. This accesses a passage to its Courtyard facing 'back-stage' space from where the auditorium is entered. 

 

DIJKTHEATRE: PERFORMANCE SPACE (N-END)
(pic 8-93 / to N)

In 1993 (my first visit) the performance space was at the north end.

DIJKTHEATRE: SEATING (S-END)
(pic 9-93 / to SE)

The magnificent stripped cavity of the Dijktheatre. An initiative of Jolanda van Dijk in the erstwhile Tetterode Company library whose lavish (1912) de Bazel interior cladding was removed by the company after it had left the site. It reveals that under their fine clothes such pre modern movement buildings are reminiscent of 'rural-vernacular'!

The seating and their staging were given by no less than the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. 

DIJKTHEATRE: PERFORMANCE SPACE (S-END)
(pic 18-4-08 / to SE)

Since my 1990s visits the theatre has been functionally 'mirrored' - the seating has been moved to the north end and the performance area to south (for no discovered reason).

DIJKTHEATRE: SEATING (N-END)
(pic 16-10-11 / to NNW)

The cumbersome racks of tipping seats have been replaced with chairs and the whole assembly relocated at the north end - the audience enters through the adjacent doorway from the 'back-stage' space.

COURTYARD E SIDE CENTRE: DIJKTHEATRE BACK-STAGE SPACE
(paste-up 2-pics 18-4-08 / to NNW)

The Dijktheatre's back-stage space occupies the centre 2˝ bays of the Courtyard's east side. It serves as storage, office, audience reception area. The auditorium is entered at the far end to the right. 

DIJKTHEATRE: BACK-STAGE & OFFICE SPACE
(pic 8-93 / to SE)

COURTYARD E SIDE CENTRE: DIJKTHEATRE BACK-STAGE SPACE
(pic 8-93 / to N)

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MERKELBACH CRAFT WORKSHOPS - DACOSTAKADE 156 / 154 / 152 / 150

At street level Merkelbach presents four work-spaces, all rented to outsiders. They can be separately entered from Dacostakade or from the internal passage at the rear (a tributary of the N-end passage).

These workshops are categorically ambiguous. Functionally they could be grouped with the internal North-End work-spaces [see below], however I've included them here because their street-front entries and placement like a row of shops bestow on them a public interface. Thus - though to a passer-by they hover between privacy and commerce and make little attempt to catch curiosity, advertise products, or welcome intrusion - their sometimes open street doors seem to invite enquiries and commissions.

MERKELBACH L0 WORKSHOPS: DACOSTAKADE FACADE (156/154/152/150)
(pic 12-4-06 / to NW)

MERKELBACH L0 WORKSHOPS: REAR ENTRIES 
(pic 16-4-08 / to N)

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"HOUS DE GOUDFAZANT" - DACOSTAKADE 154

MERKELBACH L0 WORKSHOP: DACOSTAKADE FACADE & ENTRY
(pic 1993 / to WWN)

 

 

ROBIN VAN HOUTEN: SHOEMAKER - DACOSTAKADE 152

MERKELBACH L0 SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP: DACOSTAKADE FACADE & ENTRY
(pic 28-4-08 / to WWN)

MERKELBACH L0 SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP 
(pic 28-4-08 / to SW)

MERKELBACH L0 SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP 
(pic 28-4-08 / to NE)

MERKELBACH L0 SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP 
(pic 28-4-08 / to EES)

MERKELBACH L0 SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP 
(pic 28-4-08 / to E)

MERKELBACH L0 SHOEMAKING WORKSHOP: SEWING-ROOM & REAR EXIT
(pic 28-4-08 / to WWS)

Robin designed and made the rear exit-wall in ###

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COBIE VAN DER HOEVEN: BOOK-MAKER AND PRINTER - DACOSTAKADE 150

This business was started here in 1989 publishing, printing, binding unique and small editions of privately commissioned books.

MERKELBACH L0 BOOK MAKING WORKSHOP: FROM DACOSTAKADE ENTRY
(pic 28-4-08 / to W)

 

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"DE TETTERJES" KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL - DA COSTAKADE 148 (NORTH OF MERKELBACH BUILDING)

A large NW portion of Tetterode's North-End work area was administratively separated from the Collective in the early 1980s and given to external organisers of a Kindergarten school for local children. 

The school's building penetrates the lower portion of Tetterode's Bilderdijkstraat north extension, its west edge abutting the Bilderdijk-North enclave's corridor and two-level 'display space'. To the south it is separated from Tetterode's North-End workshops by an 'escape' passage that exits into the school's play-area.  

The school is reached via an entry at Dacostakade 148 which tunnels under a Dacostakade residential block and across the school playground. Its access way crosses half the width of the Tetterode site just north of Merkelbach.

NB: Its plan and interior are shown at NOTE 7.    [add vid frame - 1993 view frm mbL6 of Tet N-end plot (bef dc 94 bldg)]

KINDERGARTEN: EXTERIOR PLAY-SPACE & BUILDINGS (FROM mb#)
(pic-crop 20-4-08 / to WWN)

KINDERGARTEN: EXTERIOR PLAY-SPACE & BUILDINGS
(pic 20-4-08 / to NW)

KINDERGARTEN: EXTERIOR PLAY-SPACE & BUILDINGS
(pic 20-4-08 / to S)

Closing the playground's far end is the facade of Tetterode's N-end workshops

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INTERNAL WORK ZONES: 1 - GROUND-LEVEL / 2 - BASEMENT / 3 - Mb ENTRESOL

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WORK-ZONE 1 - GROUND-LEVEL:  THE COURTYARD & THE NORTH-END

Unless otherwise stated, all these spaces are now [May 2008] rented and run by outsiders.

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THE COURTYARD  WORKSPACES 

TETTERODE'S VEHICLE ENTRY (162): FROM DACOSTAKADE INTO THE CENTRAL COURTYARD
(pic 24-9-07 / to W)

Tetterode's only vehicle entry and the semi-public entry for city dwellers who rent work spaces from the Collective. Large 'castle' doors open to a tunnel under the Hartkamp building directly into the central courtyard's SE corner.

COURTYARD: VIEW FROM L3 BRIDGE 
(pic 1990 / to SE)

Looking down into the central courtyard from L3 bridge. 

The vehicle entry tunnel enters at top-left, between the workspaces of the south and east sides. 

At this time the Courtyard was mainly a practical work environment. 

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COURTYARD SOUTH-SIDE

Across the Courtyard's south end is what was presumably the original Tetterode factory boiler-house. The whole building has been converted into one large workshop.

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: VIEW FROM hc4 WINDOW 
(pic 27-4-08 / to
NE)

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL
(pic 17-4-08 / to SSW)

 


DOMIEN
ET AL WORKSHOP - COURTYARD S-SIDE

The south end metal workshop was constructed by Domien Marlet and others from 1987. To clear the derelict machinery, including two 3m wide steam boilers and their big concrete plinths, took them a half year; to convert the space into a functioning workshop with a main floor and basement took about 3 years. Domien lives outside Tetterode, residents also work here.

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL - EARLY STAGE OF CLEARANCE (FROM ENTRY-LEVEL) 
(pic
### / to WWS)

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL - INSTALLING FLOOR BEAM (FROM BASEMENT)
(pic c1989 / to EEN)

The large brick construction  is the base of the Tetterode chimney. It predates the boiler installations (which used it as an exhaust flue); the function of its arched openings is unknown.

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL - INSTALLING THE GROUND-LEVEL FLOOR 
(pic c1989 / to NE)

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL - ENTRY LOBBY WITH STAIR TO BASEMENT
(pic 17-4-08 / to WWS)

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL - OFFICE
(pic 17-4-08 / to WWN)

A small L1 office is built mainly over the basement stair. 

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL - MAIN WORKSHOP SPACE 
(pic 17-4-08 / to W)

A the far end is a small steel-fabrication room.

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL - MAIN WORKSHOP SPACE 
(pic 17-4-08 / to E)

COURTYARD S-SIDE WORKSHOP: DOMIEN, ET AL
(pic 28-4-08 / to E)

Assembly test of a work-piece. The Courtyard is sometimes used as an overspill work area. 

COURTYARD: A J ROELANDT'S LIGFIETS ('RECUMBENT BIKE')
(pic 4-8-93 / to W)

The ligfiets designer A.J.Roelandt's own ligfiets ...as found, parked outside the south-side metal workshop where he is a frequent visitor. The prototype is in the Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam; 5000 were manufactured.

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COURTYARD NORTH-SIDE

COURTYARD N-SIDE WORK-SPACES: VIEW FROM hc3 WINDOW
(pic-crop 18-4-08 / to NW)

This is the sequence from the right (E-end):

1 window-facade (E-end) = Workshop (Bella et al)

1 window-facade (cntr) = 'VBA' bureau (ex Rein's workshop)

1 window-facade (W-end) = Workshop

1 door = the Collective (bdlm: Lettermagazijn)

 

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BELLA ETAL WORKSHOP - COURTYARD N-SIDE E-END

COURTYARD N-SIDE E-END WORKSHOP: BELLA
(pic 23-4-08 / to NNW)
This workshop, at the east end of the row of three, is rented by Bella Zurka a furniture restorer who lives outside Tetterode and shares it with two others. 

Interior view through the Courtyard window.

COURTYARD N-SIDE E-END WORKSHOP: BELLA
(pic 8-93 / to SSE)
We are on the inner end of the mezzanine looking towards the courtyard entry.

COURTYARD N-SIDE E-END WORKSHOP: BELLA
(pic © Emma Marianina - www.flicker.com/photos/emmamarianina
15-10-11 / to SW)

The rear portion under the mezzanine, looking towards the front. Off picture to the right is a door to the N-End passage - an alternative entry from Bilderdijkstraat 165B.

 

REIN WORKSHOP/STUDIO (1990)  - COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE 

This work-space has radically changed in function and appearance. Rein's 1990s workshop/studio - its front portion filled with construction tools and its rear with design experiments, a practical adjunct of his extraordinary and introspective 'Glazed-Court' home [Ref: REIN] - was a different 'brain-world' than its 2008 reincarnation, a clean 'efficient' multi-worker office, rented by outsiders [ref below]..

COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE: REIN WORKSHOP & STUDIO:  
(pic 1990 / to NW)
The centre space in 1990 was Rein van der Vliet's. This is its rear studio portion. The large workspace was an adjunct to Rein's extraordinary apartment [Ref] in the Bilderdijk L2 'Glazed-Court', its front portion also served as a facility for the whole of Tetterode {Q Rein}.

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'VBA' BUREAU (2006)  - COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE

In what was Rein's workshop is now the 'VBA' office ("Vereniging Bijstandsbond Amsterdam" - 'organisation for federal assistance'). This is association assists people with social welfare problems. The mezzanine has been extended across the N-End passage; (this work-space is sometimes used for meetings by the Tetterode Collective whose main office is in the mb1 entresol work-zone).

COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE: 'VBA' WORKSPACE
(paste-up 2-pics 17-4-08 / to NNW)

The centre space is now the offices of "VBA", a help bureau for people on social-security

COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE: 'VBA' WORKSPACE - MEZZANINE
(pic 17-4-08 / to S)
View from the mezzanine to courtyard
entry-door.

COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE: 'VBA' WORKSPACE - MEZZANINE 
(pic 17-4-08 / to SE)

COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE: 'VBA' WORKSPACE - MEZZANINE
(pic 17-4-08 / to NW)

COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE: 'VBA' WORKSPACE - MEZZANINE
(pic 17-4-08 / to E)
The office mezzanine extends across and looks over the east end of the N-End passage.

COURTYARD N-SIDE CENTRE: 'VBA' WORKSPACE - KITCHEN
(pic 5-5-08 / to SW)
The door opens into the rear of the office under the mezzanine. Off picture to the right is a door to the N-End passage - an alternative entry from Bilderdijkstraat 165B.

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WORKSHOP - COURTYARD N-SIDE W-END

A resident rents this small workshop but an outsider uses it.

COURTYARD N-SIDE W-END: A SMALL WORKSHOP
(pic 24-9-07 / to N)

This small workshop is crammed into less than half of the most westerly of the three divisions of the courtyard's north side. Behind it, sharing its division, is a large workspace entered from the N-end passage (said to be lived in by a Tetterode stowaway) - that space's toilet also squeezes its east side and the Lettermagazijn's courtyard entry passage squeezes its west. 

 

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COURTYARD EAST-SIDE

COURTYARD E SIDE
(pic-crop 8-1993 / to NE)

This is the sequence from the left (N-end):

1 window (N-end - in passage) = Workshop (cello-maker)

˝+2 windows (cntr) = Theatre - back-stage space 

1 window- (S-end) = massage-parlor (ex music shop)

1 tunnel = the Collective (vehicle entry 162)

 

CELLO MAKER'S WORKSHOP - COURTYARD EAST-SIDE NORTH-END

A tiny work-space opening off the Courtyard's NE passage and squeezed between the Dacostakade centre stair and the Dijktheatre's back-stage rooms. 

COURTYARD E SIDE: WORKSHOP OF A CELLO MAKER
(pic 22-4-08 / to E)

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THE "DIJKTHEATRE" BACK STAGE & OFFICE SPACE - COURTYARD EAST-SIDE CENTRE

COURTYARD E SIDE CENTRE: DIJKTHEATRE BACK-STAGE SPACE - S-W CORNER
(pic 8-93 / to SSW)

The Dijktheatre back-stage space fronts a large portion of the Courtyard's east side. However because the theatre's public entry is in Dacostakade the main reference to it is in the section: 'Street-entered public venues' [ref above].  

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MASSAGE SHOP (MUSIC SHOP IN THE MID-90s) - COURTYARD EAST-SIDE SOUTH-END

COURTYARD E SIDE: "SOULDANCING" MASSAGE SHOP
(pic 1-5-08 / to EEN)

View through the front window.
In the mid 90s this was divided into a music shop and a food shop [Ref: pic below].

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FOOD SHOP - COURTYARD EAST-SIDE SOUTH-END (REAR)

In the 1990s this was run by a Tetterode resident, mainly for other residents. This small shop was made in the rear of the most southern of the east-side spaces. In 2008 this space was no longer divided and the whole is occupied by a massage shop [ref: above].

COURTYARD E SIDE: FOOD SHOP
(pic 8-93 / to NW)

Looking into Hans de Jonge's food co-op shop ("Voko") from its entrance in the courtyard's vehicle-entry tunnel.

Opened in 19##, it shared a space with the Courtyard-facing music shop (behind the left shelving)

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THE NORTH-END WORKSPACES

The North-End work-area includes 6 workspaces, of which 3 are shown below. The six spaces form an east-west block bounded along its south edge by the site-spanning N-end passage and along its north edge by a Kindergarten; only its two eastern workspaces have external windows (looking over the Kindergarten's playground). The two most westerly spaces, that open from the Co Reception Hall, share the width of the block with a large studio that runs behind them and opens from the rear 'escape' passage.

The NW portion of these North-End workshops, plus the (then) open ground between it and Dacostakade, was given to independent organisers of the Kindergarten in the early 1980s [ref: above].

N-END WORKSPACES (& INDEPENDENT KINDERGARTEN)
(paste-up 2-pics 19-4-08 / to WWS)
View from Merkelbach roof.

This complex of different roof-lit enclosures is the .... The Kindergarten is an independently run entity which is physically separated from the Collective 

N-END N-FACADE (FROM THE KINDERGARTEN PLAYGROUND)
(pic 15-4-08 / to S)

Only the two workspaces at the east end have external windows (left is Frank Voet's workshop; right is a ceramics workshop). The doors on the left of the workshops open into the Merkelbach branch of the N-end passage.

N-END INNER WALL FROM E-END OF THE N-END PASSAGE
(pic 17-4-08 / to WWN)

The site-crossing N-end passage bounds the N-End workshops on their south sides.

Two workspaces open from the wide east portion of the N-end passage. The nearest (factory) door is Frank Voet's, next is the grey ('recon') door of a ceramic studio [not recorded] beyond that, in narrow portion of the passage, is Henriette's huge ceramic/felt studio; finally, in the Co Reception Hall, is Dagmar's painting studio and a final [unknown] workspace. Behind these last two is the sixth [also unknown] workspace, entered from the rear (escape) passage.

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N-END: WOOD WORK-SHOP - FRANK VOET
(pic 8-93 / to NW)

N-END: WOOD WORK-SHOP - FRANK VOET
(pic 9-94 / to N)

N-END: WOOD WORK-SHOP - FRANK VOET - FROM MEZZANINE STAIR TO ENTRY
(pic 23-4-08 / to SE)

N-END: WOOD WORK-SHOP - FRANK VOET - E-WALL SOUTH OF MEZZANINE
(pic 23-4-08 / to E)

N-END: WOOD WORK-SHOP - FRANK VOET - MEZZANINE FACADE
(pic 23-4-08 / to NW)

N-END: WOOD WORK-SHOP - FRANK VOET _ MEZZANINE NE-CORNER KITCHEN
(pic 23-4-08 / to NE)

N-END: WOOD WORK-SHOP - FRANK VOET - MEZZANINE BACK WINDOW VIEW
(pic 23-4-08 / to NW)

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HENRIETTE: CERAMIC & FELT STUDIO

N-END: CERAMIC & FELT STUDIO - HENRIETTE 
(paste-up 2-pics 17-4-08 / to NW) 

Whole studio from the entry door.

N-END: CERAMIC & FELT STUDIO - HENRIETTE
(pic 17-4-08 / to S)

South end ceramic area.

N-END: CERAMIC & FELT STUDIO - HENRIETTE
(pic 17-4-08 / to W)

North-west corner kiln area.

                                                           

N-END: CERAMIC & FELT STUDIO - HENRIETTE
(pic 17-4-08 / to N)

North end felt area.

 

 

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DAGMAR: PAINTING STUDIO

N-END: PAINTING STUDIO - DAGMAR 
(pic 30-10-06 / to NNE)

Accessed from the Co Reception Hall on the N-end Passage.

N-END: PAINTING STUDIO - DAGMAR 
(
paste-up 2-pics 17-4-08 / to NE)

[Compare previous pic]: studios tend to conserve large structures and rapidly change smaller fittings [ref previous pic]. 

N-END: PAINTING STUDIO - DAGMAR 
(pic 17-4-08 / to SSE)

N-END: PAINTING STUDIO - DAGMAR 
(pic 15-4-08 / to SSW)

N-END: PAINTING STUDIO - DAGMAR - WORK TABLE 
(pic 15-4-08 / to W)

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WORK-ZONE 2 - THE MAIN BASEMENT

The main basement, under Merkelbach and the north-eastern workshops, was divided and equipped for rented work-space use in 1992. (I have never visited the smaller basement under the N-End Kindergarten school or the basement level of Domien's south-Courtyard workshop.)

The NE basement work-spaces open off both sides of an L-shaped passage with a stair at each end; the SE end is also served by the Dacostakade centre-stair lift. Around the lift is quite a large triangular volume that in 1993 was still unrenovated and cluttered with building debris - the recent major renovation was not completely finalised and surfaces and structures were still raw. 

The pics below are mostly video frames from a cursory wander (much of it in the dark!) through the NE basement in 1993. They are the only recordings. At the time no notes were made of the Basement's plan or of the recorded locations, and some have since been impossible to retrieve.

At present [May 2008] one basement space is a designer's workshop, rented by a Tetterode resident. I was told that probably all the rest are simply storage and are rented by artist residents. In the 1990s more of the spaces were active workshops.

BASEMENT STAIR ENTRY FROM THE COURTYARD'S NE PASSAGE
(pic 24-9-2007 / to NE)

BASEMENT: ENTRY FROM THE COURTYARD
(vid-frame 8-93 / to WWN)

BASEMENT: LIGHT SWITCH IN THE DARK
(vid-frame 8-93 / to x)

When the basement corridor lights time-off one feels lucky to glimpse a glowing switch button 

BASEMENT: WORK-SPACE - POSSIBLY OF A PROPS MAKER - SEEN [1] FROM ITS PASSAGE ENTRY
(vid-frame 8-93 / to x
)
I am unable to determine the location of this space.

BASEMENT: WORK-SPACE - POSSIBLY OF A PROPS MAKER - SEEN [2] FROM ITS PASSAGE ENTRY 
(vid-frame 8-93 / to x
)

BASEMENT: WORK-SPACE - POSSIBLY OF A PROPS MAKER - SEEN [3] FROM ITS PASSAGE ENTRY 
(vid-frame 8-93 / to x
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BASEMENT: WORK-SPACE - PROBABLY A SOUND RECORDING ENTERPRISE - SEEN FROM ITS E-W PASSAGE ENTRY 
(vid-frame 8-93 / to
?SSE)
This extensive business work-space was almost certainly at the west end of the E-W passage (opposite the Basement's second exit stair into the Kindergarten's playground).

BASEMENT: W-E PASSAGE - E HALF
(vid-frame 8-93 / to
EEN)

View towards the east end of the E-W passage and its right turn into the N-S passage (way to the Basement's main stair and Dacostakade lift).

BASEMENT: N-S PASSAGE - BEING USED AS WORK SPACE
(pic 8-93 / to NNW)

This N-S passage broadens at its S end - these renters are using this space as an overflow studio; set into its S facing wall are three "Rococo" dishes [next pic] presumably from a nearby studio. A neo-Penck adorns the wall. At the far end one turns left down the longer E-W passage. 

BASEMENT: N-S PASSAGE - S-END WALL WITH INSET "ROCOCO" DISHES
(vid-frame 8-93 / to
NW)

BASEMENT: N-S PASSAGE - NEAR ITS SOUTH END
(vid-frame 8-93 / to SSE)

BASEMENT: N-S PASSAGE S CORNER - SIDE PASSAGE TO SPACE BEHIND LIFT
(vid-frame 8-93 / to
E)
At the south end of the N-S passage a large (and at that time redundant) triangular space opens to the east. This space surrounds the lift and in the far (SE) corner accesses unused coal cellars.

BASEMENT: SPACE BEHIND LIFT - WITH DUMP
(vid-frame 8-93 / to
SSE)
A dirty, as yet un-reconditioned space behind the lift, whose rear wall (supporting electric installations) is to the right. A huge recently installed air-con pipe plunges through the far wall.  

BASEMENT: LIFT DOOR
(vid-frame 8-93 / to EEN)
This is the lowest destination of Dacostakade's centre-stair lift - it faces the exit stairs to the Courtyard. The message says "Only goods. No people".

BASEMENT: LIFT INTERIOR THROUGH ONE OPEN DOOR
(vid-frame 8-93 / to E)

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WORK-ZONE 3 -  MERKELBACH L1 ENTRESOL

The Merkelbach entresol is an 'anomaly': the only enclave-type space used purely for work and mainly by outside renters. The west side spaces are smaller than those facing east - the north one is used by the Tetterode Collective (Vereniging) as an office, the other two are rented by a Tetterode resident. The big spaces on the Dacostakade side are all rented by outsiders. 
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DACOSTAKADE'S CENTRE HALLWAY: STAIR UP TO L1 "ENTRESOL" & EXIT TO COURTYARD NE-PASSAGE 
(pic 12-4-06 / to SW)

Up to Merkelbach's L1 'Entresol' work zone, and exit out to Courtyard work-spaces.

MERKELBACH mb-L1 LANDING WITH ENTRY DOOR TO "ENTRESOL" WORK-SPACES
(pic 8-93 / to N)

The Merkelbach Entresol work-spaces may be rented by outside companies or workers.

The Entresol's entry - unlike all the higher Merkelbach enclave entries - is set back by a ˝ bay (beyond the transverse beam). This 'lobby' accomodates the entry to an isolated east-side apt [yellow door beyond the lift] and a large west-side wc/wash-room. 

MERKELBACH mb-L1 LANDING: ENTRY TO "ENTRESOL" WORK-SPACES 
(pic 8-93 / to WWN)

The Entresol entry-door is open. Just outside the entrance is a wc/wash-room that serves both Entresol and the isolated apt opposite it. Just inside is a narrow space used as a store.

MERKELBACH [mb-L1]: "ENTRESOL" CORRIDOR FROM ENTRY 
(pic 17-4-08 / to NNW)

View down access corridor from south end. The green door is the first full-size (1 bay) workspace on the Entresol's east side. At the far end on the left is the Vereniging office.

MERKELBACH [mb-L1]: "ENTRESOL" WORK-SPACE 
(pic 22-4-08 / to NE)

The 'green door' workspace on the Entresol's east side - viewed through its corridor window.

MERKELBACH [mb-L1]: "ENTRESOL" WORK-SPACES 
(pic 8-93 / to SSE)

The first full-size (1 bay) work-space on the west side of the Entresol centre passage is rented by an outside company and (in 1993) used for a video edit-suite.  Its simple cement-block dividing wall is typical of post-legalisation (1986-) space-dividing.

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EXTERNALLY RENTED WORKSPACES IN THE BILDERDIJK-NORTH ENCLAVE

This work-space is a 'special case' which I have included at the end of the 'Residential' section [ref p18- bdN] for two reasons: firstly, it was originally squatted as a residential enclave and - even though 4 of its 5 spaces are now (Apr 2008) rented by outsiders as work-spaces - it still retains a collective atmosphere and a seclusion and privacy typical of such enclaves; secondly, one of its spaces is an important and established apartment.

BILDERDIJK-NORTH [bdN] ENCLAVE: W-FACADE
(pic 17-4-08 / to SE)
The 2 flat-topped windows and the level-1 above them, and the 3 arched windows beyond them, constitute the street front of a single enclave of 4 externally rented work-spaces and 1 home. The enclave is entered from a door at the far end (the doors between the windows access the private flats above). [For interior work spaces ref p18- bdN].


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> TETTERODE - p4:  DACOSTAKADE BUILDINGS: MERKELBACH & HARTCAMP >

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> TETTERODE - p9:  DACOSTAKADE: HARTCAMP APTS - hc//hc1/hc2 >  

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> TETTERODE - p13:  DACOSTAKADE: HARTCAMP APTS - hc5/hc6 >

> TETTERODE - p14:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT BUILDINGS >

> TETTERODE - p15:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bd//bd1 >

> TETTERODE - p16:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bd2 >  

> TETTERODE - p17:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bd3 > 

> TETTERODE - p18:  BILDERDIJKSTRAAT APTS - bdN >
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