Densifying post-war neighbourhoods is as smart as it is obvious: large, spacious, uniform areas with a stock of large homes, of which the housing stock (family homes) in many cases no longer matches the existing demand in the Netherlands (homes for smaller households). Moreover, many of these neighbourhoods are in dire need of a spatial, social and economic upgrade.

Wooden modular housing can be used to create infills of ‘urban acupuncture’ in these neighbourhoods. Combining a strong base with facilities, with a well designed wooden living unit of 50sqm creates the potential to add a massive amount of high quality and sustainable dwellings in the current housing market.

Such a densification and renewal of post-war residential areas can offer opportunities for everyone. Creating new facilities. Upgrading public space. Improving existing homes. If residents are included in this, broad support can be created for the densification of the neighbourhoods.

Moreover: synergistic effects arise that not only concern the housing stock, but also in the field of sustainability and in the social domain. So let’s take these ideas seriously in the discussion about the housing stock, and focus on improving our existing cities.

Client: confidential
Design: 2021
Status: SD

Daan Roggeveen
Ties Kweekel
Pedro Figueiredo
Carolina Pereira
Amelie Gaillet

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