Near the Dam Square in Amsterdam you will find Tabak, a project that combines new and old. The new housing plan adapts to the historical structure of the Unesco heritage city centre site and simultaneously introduces new collective courtyards and alleys, carefully integrated into the existing fabric. The contrast between the formal, stately houses along the streets and the informal backyards results in a typical Amsterdam inner city residential environment: complete peace and tranquillity just steps away from the busy city. A formal rhythm of high windows is applied along the main street in carefully detailed brickwork façades, inspired by the existing historical buildings. Special attention is paid to the expression of the façades at ground floor level. The alleys share a more industrial approach by using horizontal window bands, stack elements and long masonry surfaces. The raised courtyards have a light informal character. The interplay between the restored monumental buildings, the fresh new buildings and the new semi-public urban spaces will give new impetus to this city neighbourhood where residential, business and creativity have always played a role in urban dynamics.