rethinking social housing


Mixed use

Rotterdam | NL

3200 m2


In the recent years when people talk about social housing most people directly think negative about these areas and projects because of the fact that these areas are known as bad neighbourhoods (ghettos). The problem begins with that the municipality and housing associations are forcing low-income people to live in spaces which dont fit the needs of inhabitants, they dont feel attracted to dwelling it is been assigned to them and they lack spatial qualities. This spatial quality in my opinion is the key to make people enjoy their living space and feel responsible for their house. From our point of view the main problem in social housing is the fact that there is a lack in flexibility and spatial qualities. Overall we can say that social housing in general doesnt give the inhabitants enough freedom, most of the time they dont fit their needs and they lack of flexibility and spatial qualities. Nowadays when people here about flexibility in dwelling they think of modern houses build in the 21st century. Regarding to books and articles we see that this whole idea of flexibility isnt something new. Flexibility became a theme in western architecture when architects embraced mass housing at the onset of the 20th century. Around The 1960s and 70s we also see a renewed interest in flexibility in the Netherlands. The main aim of these architects was to make the most efficient use of space. I think nowadays we need such renewed interest in flexibility in social housing to tackle the common problems. The two main question are how we can create spatial quality within compact dwellings? and is it possible to create dwelling types without boundaries?