Let me entice you to head down to South Rotterdam where you can find De Kiefhoek housing estate near Boulevard Zuid which are two streets, Beijerlandselaan and Groene Hilledijk, where you can also shop till you drop.
Designed by architect J.J.P. Oud – together with artist Theo van Doesburg and 5 others, he started the magazine De Stijl in 1917 – it is the highlight of the Modernist style but used for social housing.
These houses were built for the people with less money to spend and there were originally 298 houses for families, two shops, a waterstokerij – a hot water service – and a church.
The whole area was drastically restored between 1989 and 1995 where the houses were demolished and reconstructed painstakingly and connecting the tiny houses together to comply to modern-day housing rules.
There’s a museum house which you can visit – by appointment only! – to have an idea how it looked like and what nifty and practical ideas were used to make the house functional for a family consisting usually of 5 to 6 people.
The Kiefhoek can be found at the 1e and 2e Kiefhoekstr., Hendrik Idoplein, Heer Arnoldstr. and around (Groote) Lindstr. A similar project can be found at Hoek van Holland; find his other buildings in R’dam and other cities.
And take a look at the surrounding streets and check out Vreewijk too – a green neighbourhood set up as a village nearby which celebrated it’s centennial anniversary this year. There’s also a museum house open on Wed. and every first Sat. of the month.