Innov­at­ive Hous­ing

Hous­ing is cur­rently a big issue in Rotterdam. The heav­ily dis­puted hous­ing 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.


Pro­gramme: Innov­at­ive Hous­ing

  • Hous­ing area De Landtong (De Architek­tenCie, 1998) with 625 apart­ments and town­houses
  • Fenixlofts: trans­form­a­tion of a ware­house (Mei Archi­tec­ten, 2018)
  • Res­id­en­tial dens­i­fic­a­tion pro­jects in the city centre: De Calypso (Will Alsop, 2013), De Karel Door­man (Ibel­ings en Van Tilburg, 2013), B‑Tower (Wiel Arets, 2011)
  • Mul­ti­func­tion­al build­ing Tim­mer­huis (OMA, 2016) with offices and apart­ments
  • Self-build area Leoni­das (vari­ous archi­tects, 2017–2019)
  • Half-day tour
  • Private groups only!
  • Trans­port: bus
  • Please con­tact us for a quote

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Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.