The ‘Stadstuinen’ (City Gardens) area of Rotterdam’s Kop van Zuid (a massive redevelopment of the former docklands on the southern banks of the River Maas) is a residential enclave that combines the advantages of suburban and urban lifestyles. The project comprises a total of approx. 570 residential units in 10 urban blocks set around an elongated square. The outer edge is determined by apartment buildings of 7-9 storeys with urban functions in the plinth. The inner area is a garden district with mainly ground-accessed dwellings. The corners of the square are marked by urban villas, one of which is occupied by primary school De Pijler.
The blocks have been designed by four different architects who produced their schemes in consultation with each other. The predominant material is brick, applied in various mixtures and in four different colour tones. The consistent use of materials gives the neighborhood a sense of architectural unity. The positioning of the blocks and the introduction of different kinds of outdoor space, such as winter gardens and galleries, serve to optimise the sense of spaciousness.
KCAP designed the four corner blocks. These blocks are characterised by a variety of housing types and different access principles which accompany the transition from the dwelling to the collective area. All the exterior spaces have been executed as cantilevered, projecting glazed-in balconies.