You probably already know that Rotterdam is famous for its modern architecture. What you might not know is that the modern movement in this city was probably started by the architect of this project, Michiel Brinkman. This housing complex, completed in 1922, was a groundbreaking new way of living and milestone for social housing. The network of wide elevated streets to make the upper stories accessible for milkman and greengrocer were never applied before.
Because it’s only a few hundred meters from my work this complex of enclosed courtyards accessible via a series of gates is a nice outing for a lunch break. Recently the complex was completely renovated and it now gives home to a lot of youngsters.
At daytime all gates are open and you can just stroll around or take a seat in one of the enclosed gardens. What makes the project very special to me is that it succeeds in being both a strike of modernity and a monumental gesture of classical class at the same time.