One of the most important tasks in Housing for the coming years will be the treatment of the early postwar town districts. Much of these districts, built in the fifties and sixties, deal with a decreasing popularity: the supply level and the planning of the public space no longer foresees in the contemporary needs of the occupants and businesses.
On the one hand the development of Vinex-locaties threatens to cause desolation and a decline in inhabitants of the town districts. On the other hand these Housing projects do not meet the quality demand which is asked for by the new city residents. This has negative consequences for the city as a whole, both socially and economically. Swift intervention is necessary for the older town districts New vitality and attractions has to be applied into these city parts. As a component of the urban renewal, the re-development of the housing stock asks for special attention.
The Hague south West exists mainly from four layered buildings and has a small variation in housing typologies. The houses with their standard floor plans reflect the planning quota and the rigid production methods from the fifties and sixties. The existing portico housing formed uniform urban blocks which were stamped in the fresh mowed lawn. To reach new interpretations of postwar housing in this context the main points of this project became: differentiated residential programming for several groups of people in several social classes and flexible ground plans. At this time we see several urban blocks with porticos in this part of the Hague being demolished. On the newly released soil ground-tied houses are being built.
1 – a slim high-rise of 29 meters facing the Leyweg as an answer to the square situated on the opposing side of the road. Because of this urban development a clear demarcation of the square arises.
2 – a horizontal plinth adjacent to the plantation of the Steenwijklaan and the Zwartsluisstraatstreet with roof villas on top. The altitude of this part is 15.40 meters.
With the architectonic vocabulary we strived to anticipate on the modernistic architecture from the previous century, without copying the dullness which characterized it. Because several components contain a different program and also are oriented differently themselves, a varied picture arises. The project contains 24 apartments, 5 maisonnettes, 2 penthouses and 9 roof villas. On the Groundfloor there are spaces for shops, service and storage. The car park is situated in the cellar.
Because of this the open character of the existing urban planning is being affected negatively. On the other hand it is understandable that one requires more quality of a house. However there are also possibilities besides the ground-tied housing. From this point of view the roof villa has been developed. (the sky born building) In this plan a few of these housing typologies have been applied. The design exists of several simple components.