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Rokkeveen was built from 1981 by a new generation of planologists. The suburb is planned in geometrical pieces around the water tower (which I did not photograph although I drove past it). Each sub-suburb circles around this water tower and each of those sub-suburbs has it's own building style.
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Turning round the bend from the coloured apartment flats, one finds oneself in a quiet lane with trees and these villa-like houses.
Now VT member craic who was one of the first to visit this Zoetermeer page, commented:
"The page feels passionate. What was so gripping it was like being there. Seeing how people live. I noticed how empty the streets seemed. Must have been during work. Like Canberra. At 5, the office doors open and the people stream out. Before that it is like a city that the people have all left."
Indeed, I saw just mothers and children around. And young people who'd already finished their school year.
Another set of different houses
It makes me curious to know how all these houses are inside. This row I like, probably because of the sleekness and the type of bricks used.
Note that there is plenty attention to the side of the roads and water with plant beds and grass.
Mahatma Gandhi canal
This canal goes in a bend at the end of the photo and ends at the pedestrian bridge and train station.
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Houses in circles
All the rows of houses were built in a half -circle from inner circle with a little rose garden and parking space in the middle going outwards.
Living in a bend
And finally, before we look towards the other side of the road, a close up of the houses built in a bend.
Must be nice to live in these houses where the back garden borders on water.
It gives the street quite a different outlook with the attention paid to these waterfront gardens.
At the end of the lane I pass by a nice little lake where I see people enjoying the sunshine on its borders.
Houses on the lake
These houses, which I don't particularly like, look out over the lake.
That shield thing makes them look a bit forbidding.
Tiled apartment flats
I always look at balconies of apartment flats. Some hang out their washing there. Others make it into a mini-garden.
Along the Mahatma Ghandi canal these houses caught my attention the very first time that I drove past here, late last year. There's a Greek touch to the design.
Old style entrance
An old way of adding a staircase to church towers or castles is used here in modern houses. I recognise it from many sightseeing trips on holiday.
Finally, there he is. A bust of Mahatma Ghandi. In the background you can just make out the water staircase.
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