Finishing the Bospolder
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Client: Municipality of Rotterdam
Program: 40.332 m2 gross floor area, 142 single family homes, apartments and maisonettes distributed over two residential blocks
The municipality of Rotterdam made the last vacant lot in the Bospolder district available for a tender. This long plot with connecting block filled with houses will offer space for families in the city.
The design of the façade is inspired by the Dutch brick architecture from the 1920s and 1930s that matches the architecture of the area. The various building sections all have a different colour scheme for the bricks. Three shades of bricks are per section applied to the ensemble. This results in an urban grain of 4 to 6 bays. Alternation in the facade also takes place by adding bay windows, balconies and roof terraces. This is a reference to the great facades along other linear city parks in Rotterdam.
Particular attention has been paid to the materialization of the plinth, the central entrances of the apartment blocks on the corners, the natural stone finish of windows and doors, the decorative fencing and the materials of windows and doors. The end result is a diverse ensemble of single-family homes and apartments, a contemporary design that matches the architecture of the area. The ensemble balances between collectivity and individuality.
MLA+: Bas de Boer, Joost Kok, Ken Thompson, Sara Gallego, Wing Yung
LOLA Landscape Architects