Innovative Housing

Hous­ing is cur­rent­ly a big issue in Rot­ter­dam. The heav­i­ly dis­put­ed pol­i­cy doc­u­ment ‘Woon­visie Rot­ter­dam 2030’ envis­ages the demo­li­tion of 15,000 cheap flats and the con­struc­tion of 26,000 upmar­ket dwellings until 2030.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, the hous­ing stock in Rot­ter­dam was dom­i­nat­ed by work­ers dwellings. After the war new res­i­den­tial areas were devel­oped in the out­skirts, while the city cen­tre was reserved for busi­ness func­tions. Today only 5% of Rot­ter­damers live in the cen­tre. Now a den­si­fi­ca­tion with res­i­den­tial high­ris­es is underway.

At the same time, there’s also space for small, cre­ative infill projects, devel­oped on pri­vate ini­tia­tive. Out­side the cen­tre, many neigh­bour­hoods con­sist large­ly of social rental hous­es, which con­sti­tute 58% of the total hous­ing stock. Besides demo­li­tion, there are some soft­er approach­es, such as the the uncon­ven­tion­al klus­wonin­gen concept.

On this tour you’ll get a pro­found insight into the cur­rent hous­ing issues of Rot­ter­dam and take a clos­er look at var­i­ous archi­tec­tur­al solutions.

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Programme: Innovative Housing

  • Tuin van Noord: Trans­for­ma­tion of a panop­ticum prison into a hous­ing area (WDJ Archi­tecten, 2021)

  • Lit­tle C: high-den­si­ty devel­op­ment with 15 build­ings on a green, car-free island (INBO/CULD, 2020)
  • Wijn­haven: Res­i­den­tial high­ris­es on the water­front (a.o. KCAP and OZ Architect)
  • Self-build area Leonidas (var­i­ous archi­tects, 2017–2019)

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