In his end-of-year-list of 2020 in NRC Handelsblad, the architecture critic Bernard Hulsman named the housing at Persoonshaven as the most important architecture of the year:

Sobre block with 26 stacked maisonettes in Feijenoord illustrates that, also in the 21st century, social housing does not need to be poor or thrifty. With its facades of different sorts of bricks and gargoyles and house numbers as ornaments, the blocks evokes memories of the glory time of the Dutch housing movement.



The housing at Persoonshaven in the Yearbook Architecture in The Netherlands 2020-2021. Download pdf here.


Street Architecture

Monograph, according to the author Karin Templin also a primer on housing and urban design. With an introduction by Hans Kollhoff.

Karin Templin, Street Architecture – Work by Hans van der Heijden
ISBN 9789082808209
128 pages, illustrations in colour and black and white, 21 x 30 cm, English

Please visit review by Igor Maglica (Italian/English) here.

Download pdf of review by Jan Peter Wingender (English) here.

Download pdf of review by Daan Jenniskens (English) here.

Download pdf of review by Marko Sauer (German) here.

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The Bluecoat Liverpool

Documentation of the Bluecoat arts centre in Liverpool by Blueprint. With essays by Tim Abrahams and David Dunster and an interview with Alistair Upton, the client of the project. Download pdf here.



Documentation of Persoonshaven design drawings and renders by Divisare.

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Social Architecture

Under the title ‘towards a new social architecture’, architectural critic Bernard Hulsman writes about the decline of social housing quality. ‘New excellent social architecture, such as the housing block at Persoonshaven in Rotterdam designed by Hans van der Heijden, is becoming ever more exceptional.’


Productive City

Karin Templin laat in een zien hoe de de typologische studie voor de vernieuwing van Old Kent Road in Londen kan bijdragen kan leveren aan de productieve stad.

Karin Templin demonstrates how the typological study to the renewal of Old Kent Road in London levels may contribute to the Productive City.

Karin Templin, Architectettura della strada nella città produttiva / Street Architecture in the Productive City, in: Cinzia Simioni, Alessandro Tognon, La città, progetti urbani / The city, Urban Design, Aión Edizioni, Florence, p. 148


New Dutch

Special edition of Swiss magazine Modulør dedicated to ‘New Dutch’ architecture with the subtitle Mind the Context, guest edited by Kirsten Hannema. Includes a documentation of the housing at Churchillpark, Kloosterbuuren and Oranjeboomstraat and a German translation of the essay Koolhaas at Play from 2005.


On Tradition

Interview in De Volkskrant on tradition and the position of architecture in The Netherlands by Sander van Walsum.


Building Matter

Review of the Kloosterbuuren project in The Hague by the young architect Elmar Koers.

Link to Archined (Dutch only)


The German Brick Blossoms

Conversation with Bernard Hulsman on the Post Piraeus initiative and the importance of a shared construction culture.

Link to De Duitse baksteen bloeit on the website of NRC Handelsblad. ‘A schism appears between Architecture and Construction Culture.’ (Dutch only)



Boijmans van Beuningen

In the series of so-called Inspiration Interviews run by the British weekly Building Design Pamela Buxton talked with HvdH about his fascination for the architecture of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. In 2016 the interviews were published as a book.

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Social Mansions

Review by Kirsten Hannema of the social housing project at Oranjeboomstraat in Rotterdam: ‘Far too beautiful, really’.

Read website De Volkskrant (Dutch only)


The Bluecoat in Context

Contribution of prof. David Dunster to the conference ‘Liverpool Reconsidered: Urban Regeneration and Cultural Turn’ organised by Brian Hatton at the AA School. He positions the Bluecoat arts centre as a building which opposes a new context formed by the exuberant architecture of the shopping district Liverpool I by offering quietness and austerity. ‘What is required, in general, in urban regeneration is not an architecture which promises a better future, but one that draws attention to itself.’


Rotterdam and Brickwork

Video on Rotterdam brickwork buildings, based on the lectures series HvdH organized for AIR Rotterdam. (Dutch only)



Oranjeboomstraat, Interview

Review of the Oranjeboomstraat social housing project by Hugh Strange in Building Design plus interview.

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Exacting Material

The book ‘Brick, an Exacting Material’ edited by Jan Peter Wingender contains case studies to the Bluecoat and the housing in Langerak. HvdH contributed with the essay ‘On the Eye and the Mind’.

Download unabridged version of Dutch manuscript



Rats Turn Architecture Around

Extensive essay by Harm Tilman on Monadnock, Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven and HvdHA.

Download pdf English translation


Kontinuität und Erneuering

‘By taking up local stylistic means the new brick buildings continue the architectural qualities of a neighbourhood characterized by variety’, Vorteile, das Bakstein Magazin.

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Improvement over Replacement

Article by Ellis Woodman on urban renewal in a special issue of the  Architect’s Journal Exemplary Housing Estate Generation in Europe. Including a documentation of the Splayed Apartment Blocks.

Read AJ issue online


Life Class

Short questions and ditto answers to the life of an architect.

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