In recent years the area between the centre of Rotterdam and Zestienhoven Airport has been undergoing development as a residential area. Through this development, the city is seeking to create an attractive green residential area just to the north of the motorway that orbits the city.
Within this urban plan, drawn up by the city department of urban planning, we designed a residential building containing nine apartments at the end of Van der Duijn van Maasdamweg, with stunning views of the adjoining park. Featuring scenic ponds, the park forms a green lung in this new urban district.
The building has a distinguished and more closed facade to the front, while at the rear the building steps down and opens up completely
The four-floor apartment building fronts onto the avenue and borders the west and south sides of the park. This double-sided aspect is exploited in the design. The building has a distinguished and more closed facade to the front, while at the rear the building steps down and opens up completely. The appearance here is informal, with large terraces oriented to the park, the water and the sun.
The building skin is made of a dark, blue-black hand-moulded brick — in changing patterns — and large white window frames — partly fitted with decorative ‘screens’ — arranged on the facade in a chessboard pattern. The result is a compact yet sculptural residential building that makes optimal use of the most beautiful view of Zestienhoven Park.