In 2016, COD purchased a former crafts school in the popular Kleverpark district in Haarlem. This beautiful old building on Verspronckweg was built in 1920, in Haarlem’s heyday as a prosperous city. The H-shaped building has a monumental façade in the Amsterdam School style, recognisable through the details in the masonry and the entrances which are characterised by traditional craftsmanship. The complex includes three ancillary buildings. The transformation plan? Rooms spanning over four metres in height will be transformed, after a design by Inbo, into spacious studios and apartments that retain the former building’s original monumental appeal, with spacious lobbies, big stairwells and a stately courtyard garden.
The houses are beautifully situated around the outdoor areas, which will be transformed into green courtyards. The high-ceilinged former classrooms of this distinctive former school, which dates from 1920, lend themselves perfectly to spacious apartments. In the future, this complex will accommodate 170 dwellings with a total gross floor area of 25,000 m2.
The project is aptly named 'De Meester van Haarlem'. Work is expected to start in 2018 and end in mid-2020. This beautiful neighborhood in a wonderful city, never far from the sea and the beach, is a textbook example of rich and spacious living.