The qualities of post war urbanism are reinforced, and reinvented, for the creation of a high-quality living environment for Hoogvliet’s growing population of elderly.
Many post-war neighbourhoods in the Netherlands have become subject to a process of restructuring. While the buildings often no longer comply with current standards and in many cases haven’t adapted to changing demographics, typical qualities are still present in the set-up of the neighbourhood. The open building structure and abundance of greenery are representative of the strong feeling of democracy that existed after the war. Next to preserving these spatial qualities, the notion of democracy is given a new meaning in the development process of the new residential project, in co-creation with the residents. As good relationships with people in the vicinity become increasingly important as we get older, also the spatial set-up of the new buildings is aimed at creating a sense of community. In the form of a terraced structure, with generous outdoor spaces, interaction between the inhabitants is enhanced.
LOCATION: Hoogvliet (NL)
YEAR: 2004 - 2007
SIZE: 15.000 m2
TEAM: Don Murphy, Gijs Baaks, Leon Teunissen, Richard Buis