Katendrecht Haven once had a reputation as one of the most deprived areas in Holland. It was a 'free zone', outside the control of the Dutch authorities, where sailors could land without going through emigration, and was rife with prositution, fighting on the streets and drugs. Now, like many other historic ports, these areas are being reclaimed by the city and changed into residential neighbourhoods.
The urban plan was developed closely with ds+v (the city planning department), the local residents and dkv (the architect for the higher blocks on the riverfront). The edge buildings are at a scale that relates to the harbour architecture while the interior is more informal and is a development of the back-to-back typology which can still be found in a few areas of Rotterdam. This typology allows for the small streets in between to become communal semi-private space where children play and residents meet.
Client: Bouwfonds Woningbouw bv; Delft