“Collective Comeback” – The return of collective architecture in Amsterdam at ARCAM

Collective living and building makes a comeback in Amsterdam architecture. As in the period 1965-1985, where architects designed shared spaces and facilities on a large scale, today’s architects once again focus on collectivity. With models, drawings, films and photographs of iconic buildings, Collective Comeback mirrors the collective architecture of that time with that of today.


Studentenhuis Weesperstraat, Amsterdam (1959-1966). Herman Hertzberger, Tjakko Hazewinkel, Henk Dicke. © Herman Hertzberger

After the post-war reconstruction, a change in architecture took place.  Prosperity is increasing, housing needs are decreasing and the architect can focus on comfort and quality. Designers set their sights on collective architecture. The projects in the exhibition show the innovative nature of this new building ideal, such as the emphasis on ‘the meeting’ in Herman Hertzbergers Drie Hoven and involving residents in the design process of the Bickerseiland. (more…)