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Dwelling

VILLAGE IN THE AIR.

In times when the number of dwellers in the suburban areas of Rotterdam tends to decrease and neighbourhoods are increasingly homogenous with low quality standards, architects must think of creating new social living spaces – liveable to move exactly there.

DWELLING // VILLAGE IN THE AIR

Some parts of Rotterdam show a high percentage of immigrants and tend to have little potential to attract new users. The main objective of the design strategy for Visserijplein Schiedam is to attract a wide range of target groups by offering a multigeneration village with a hybrid typology combining house and appartment in order to exploit their urban potential and intrinsic spatial qualities. The traditional housing block is shifted from the ground to the first floor with collective spaces cut out to grow up, meet and recreate. The existing market square on the Visserijplein is integrated as a centre for the whole area creating a multifunctional building with public spaces. The new market square is used by the dwellers, likewise the public and on market days by the sellers.

The inner classical punctuated facade is finished with an outer perforated metal skin wrapped around the whole building acting as cladding and sun screen. Perforated metal serves to create a constantly changing image – the building is opaque during the day, coloured by the people living there – and redefines itself through the perforations by night while revealing the life inside.

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