Persoonshaven

Affordable houses for the Rotterdam Feijenoord district

The typological idea of the design is the House with Two Doors, which is an interpretation of the characteristic brick multi-family house in the Netherlands. Each house has two front doors at ground level, one being the entrance to a ground floor maisonette with three bedrooms, the other leading to an upper maisonette with two bedrooms via an internal staircase. The street corner dwelling has an additional room at ground floor in an extension of the main block, defining the street as a clear urban space.

The project is clad with brickwork in three different colours. Purple-red clinkers, set in tile bond, form a plinth and ressault-like motifs. The façades above  have alternating planes in bright-orange and beige bricks. All these are applied in a random brick setting with minimal vertical joints. Curly steel railings and precast concrete copings, sills and gargoyles establish restrained ornaments.

The project featured in a critique by Bernard Hulsman in NRC Handelsblad and on international architecture websites including Architectenweb, Divisare, ArchDaily and Archello. Download a brochure with drawings.

Photography: Sebastian van Damme