Transformation 15 post war apartment blocks, Rotterdam
Public housing
Publication Alternatieven voor zorg in de stad, sleutelen aan naoorlogs vastgoed: Lay-out, platform voor recent ontwerp onderzoek #10, Stimuleringsfonds Architectuur, Rotterdam (2010)
Client: Woonbron, Rotterdam & Laurens, Rotterdam
2007 – 2010

The average age of the Dutch population increases. The future of the care and health support needs reconsideration. Elderly and people who need care have been more independent and behave rather as clients than as patients. They wish (and have) to live indepently. This trend seems to offer an enormous increase of building activities. This study examines how flexible and demand-driven care programmes could be accommodate within the existing building stock. The study has been fixed on two cases in the post-war neighbourhood IJsselmonde in Rotterdam.

This design research concerns the renovation of fifteen apartment blocks (6-Hoog) on the outskirts of the IJsselmonde district in Rotterdam. It was examined how these post-war blocks could be made suitable for care-needing persons by adopting of small-scale interventions.

The study was supported the Dutch Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. Together with Like Bijlsma and Eileen Schreurs (SUBoffice architecten), the results were discussed on the seminar Nieuw realisme in de naoorlogse woonwijk in the Berlage Institute, with feedback by Kristian Borret, Julian Lewis and Joachim Declerck. See also the report by Hans Teerds, Afscheid van het Masterplan. Of toch niet?


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