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Tuindorp Vreewijk, Rotterdam

RIBA Ref No RIBA107620
Architect/DesignerBerlage, Hendrik Petrus (1856-1934)
Granpre Moliere, Marinus Jan (1883-1972)
Verhagen, Pieter (1882-1950)
Roos, J. H. de
Overeijnder, Willem F.
Artist/PhotographerBenton, Tim
Subject Date1942
Image Date1979
StyleArts & Crafts
Library ReferenceBenton 79-01-06-29
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditTim Benton / RIBA Collections
SubjectVillages ; Housing ; Riverside buildings ; Garden suburbs ; Town planning
NOTES: Tuindorp (literally garden village) Vreewijk, was Rotterdam's first garden village, and the brainchild of the banker K.P. van der Mandele. In 1913 he bought a patch of land in South Rotterdam and commissioned Berlage to draw up an urban plan for it. The aim was for a mixed tenancy with many office clerks, council officials and teachers living alongside manual labourers. Berlage's design with its angled street pattern which retained the original watercourses on site was fleshed out in 1916 by Granpre Moliere, Verhagen, Kok, De Roos and Overeijnder. Building began slowly in 1917, owing to shortages of materials in the First World War. By 1942 a total of 5700 houses had been built. A major renovation of the houses was carried out in 1981.

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