Housing has been constructed for almost 15 years in the area between the centre of Rotterdam and Zestienhoven Airport. Through this development, Rotterdam is creating an attractive and green residential environment just outside the motorway.
ithin this urban plan, drawn up by the city of Rotterdam, Orange Architects has designed 40 single-family homes and an apartment building containing four units, located on the Van der Duijn van Maasdamweg. The apartment building offers phenomenal views of the neighbouring park, with its picturesque water features, which forms the green lung of this new city district. Geurst & Schulze are the architects of the other 42 dwellings, and the designs of both offices alternate with one another along the avenue.
The design of the short building blocks can best be read as ‘Avenue Villas’
The 40 ground-access dwellings are divided into blocks of two, three and four units, all of which feature large sculptural roofs, generous bay windows or verandas on the ground floor, fine brickwork details, and ornamental shutters fixed in front of the windows as semi-transparent ‘screens’. The design of the short building blocks can best be read as ‘Avenue Villas’.
To emphasize the cohesion of the short rows of two, three or four dwellings, they are designed as sturdy buildings with no front or backr, but with front doors on both the front and side facades of the volume. The diversity in brick colour and roof shape enhances the differences between the Avenue Villas. Located on the south of the plan area, with a view of the landscape and the airport, are more informal ‘Veranda Dwellings’, which benefit optimally from the unobstructed views and the setting sun on that side.
The result is a compact yet sculptural residential building that makes optimal use of the finest views in Park Zestienhoven
The four apartments are contained in a compact and sculptural five-floor volume, with a recessed top floor and a commercial space at ground level, and with just one apartment on each floor. The building is located at the end of the avenue, where the road curves to connect with the neighbouring park. As a result, the building forms a landmark on the Van der Duijn van Maasdamweg as you drive or cycle into Park 16Hoven from the west.
Because the fronts along the avenue receive most sunlight – and enjoy views of the neighbouring park – the corners of the buildings feature generously projecting balconies, which form outdoor extensions of the living spaces. The appearance of the brick buildings is largely determined by these terraces, which are enclosed by low profiled brick walls. Large expanses of glass draw plenty of light into the apartments and open up views of the green surroundings on all sides. The building is finished in a subtle clay-coloured brick – in alternating patterns – and large, dark and anodized frames. The result is a compact yet sculptural residential building that makes optimal use of the finest views in Park 16Hoven.