The development of Stadstuinen, a residential district with attractive owner-occupied and rented housing, wide avenues, and a central green area started in 1997. In the course of a continuous building process lasting over two years, 918 residences (apartments, single-family houses, studios, and shops) will be built. At the Vuurplaat there are 170 dwellings for rent designed for the elderly. The first portion of single-family houses was completed in the fall of 1998. Stadstuinen will also have its primary school 'De Pijler' (already operational), retail and business spaces.
De Peperklip is an almost completely closed block grouped around an inner courtyard. The building comprises 76 HVAT units (small flats for young people), 191 three-bedroom apartments, 134 four-bedroom apartments, 148 five-bedroom appartments and 14 apartments for disabled occupants. The facade units are clad in small square tiles in six different colours.
Architect: C.J.M. Weeber
A historical area with old houses (from around late 1800’s), a windmill, a little harbour and cosy cafes and restaurants. This is one of the few places that not have been destroyed in the war. Just take some time to stroll here in the night and you will like it for granted.
The Afrikaanderwijk terminates in the Hillekop housing project, consisting of a fan-shaped tower, a meandering medium-rise builing and a L-shaped volume inserted into an existing block of buildings. The project has a total of 186 public sector dwellings, several cafés and a community center.
The urban plan by T. Koolhaas of 1987, comprises roughly 4,500 dwellings, 335,000 m2 of office space, 35,000 m2 for recreational and cultural amenities and 3,500 m2 of commercial space. The Wilhelminapier is mainly used for office blocks. The largely filled-in basin of Spoorweghaven and the adjacent quay area have a residential function.
Urban designer: T. Koolhaas
In th elate 1970s, J. Verhoeven designed 584 homes on the former Heliport Site on Hofdijk. Characteristic features are the dwellings' pitched roofs and the continuous gallery at second-floor level, which links all the courtyards, open spaces and dwellings.
Architect: J. Verhoeven
Entrepot is an attractive residential environment with atmosphere which offers a number of recreational possibilities. The redevelopment of the monumental Entrepot building commenced at the end of 1995. In this former warehouse called 'The Five Continents' dating from 1879 the following functions have been realised: 107 lofts and maisonettes, 2,000 m² office space, and the 'World Market' owned by the Konmar store chain which, by offering a wide range of 'goods from faraway countries', focuses on recreational shopping (fun shopping). Various interior design shops, companies, and restaurants are located in and in the vicinity of the Entrepot building too.
The Entrepot building, the boulevard, and the marina with the capacity of 120 boats have been put into use in stages since mid-1997. Also in other parts of the Kop van Zuid residential projects are under construction. Along the Vuurplaat, a cross connection between the districts Afrikaanderwijk and Feijenoord, 171 owner-occupied and rented houses, a neighbourhood shopping centre with 2,000m² retail, and a car park have been built. In the same district the primary school 'De Wissel' with two gymnasiums has been realised. The Albeda College, a school for upper secondary vocational education (20,000m²), was built in the Rosestraat. It has been operational since 1997.
In 2001 the historical Western Trade-area was completely restyled. These warehouses were originally constructed in 1894. Nowadays it is an exclusive area with arts, design, food, drinks and dance. You will find nice restaurants, cafes, dancings, museums and galleries. A very nice area to stay.
A newly developed area at Kop van Zuid. The entrepot building once was a warehouse for products from the far east. Most of those warehouses were destroyed because of the Kop van Zuid project. This building has remained and has been entirely renovated. In the beginning the building was full of cosy little bars and restaurants (and some shops). Nowadays there are only a few left. This is because of people do not know this place. In a few years however it will be as vivid as ‘Oude Haven’. On a summer day it is awesome to sit on one of the teraces and see all the yachts in the little harbour. A must see!
Also located at Kop van Zuid, this peninsula contains a lot of history. The Rhine Harbour (on the left) was dug and this peninsula existed. Hotel New York used to be the shipterminal for boats to New York. Many thousands of Dutch people left to the new country to build up an existence there. Nowadays often large cruise ships come here to dock. Cafe Rotterdam is also a nice place to drink something. Furthermore the Luxor theater is located here.
Rotterdam has an history of maritime origin. In the past lots of companies traded with other nations and cities. Despite the German bombings in 1940, 4 days after the WW 2 began in Holland, some ancient buildings survived. Fortunately. The ´Veerhaven´area is one of the few old neighbourhoods of the city which can still be visited, to get a taste of old times....
This articifical lake is a popular recreation area in the busy city of Rotterdam. Away from the city center, it is in a quiet environment. People walking their dogs, joggers, skaters, soccer players or just people going out for a small walk: They all can be seen here. During summertime, people making barbecues or just sitting on the lawn are a common sight. For children, there’s a small peeting zoo at the northeastern corner. To the east, you fill find some restaurants and two windmills. All in all, a nice place.
Hoogvliet, a satellite town near Rotterdam, is divided into seven districts of approximately 3,000 homes each, arranged radially around the center and seperated by green areas. Each district was detailed by different designers from the Rotterdam Town Development and Reconstruction Department.
Urban designer: H.C. Milius
Characteristic of Ommoord is its strict division into high-rise and low-rise areas. The high-rise housing is located at the center of the district together with a shopping center and the social and cultural amenities. The middle portion is made up of varying allotment patterns, including articulated, straight and tower blocks.
Urban designer: L. Stam-Beese
Müllerpier forms part of a large urban redevelopment zone around the basins Parkhaven, St. Jobshaven and Schiehaven, and lies between the city center and Delfshaven. The use of different dwelling types, construction types, heights and orientations results in an architectural collage. The buildings were designed by different architecture firms. The architectural design was put in place along with the urban plan.
Urban designer: Kees Christiaanse