Didden Village Rotterdam

Image by R. Sastrowidjojo

Didden Village – Reach for the sky

Should you wander or bike around the Middelland area in R’dam West like coming from Kaya after a nice Lahmaçun or baklava, turn right into the street Witte van Haemstedestraat and keep following this and it turns into the Beatrijsstraat.
The Graaf Florisstraat goes from left to right and is a broad street lined with trees.

Stand on the corner of Graaf Floris and Beatrijsstreet and look up ahead towards an older looking building and you will see something blue sticking out on top of the house.

That is Didden Village, built by Dutch architect firm MVRDV, sometimes open to the public during the annual Rooftop Days or the Day of Architecture in May/June.

What is it?
It’s an extension of three bedrooms for the three kids built as little separate houses and the whole building itself is the home of the Didden family. The blue houses are positioned as if they were part of a little village with a square, streets, benches and alleys. And yes, it’s all in that blue colour.

It’s really nice to visit this rooftop and hang around for a while. The 19th century monumental building is also lovely to see from the inside, where it houses an atelier, so it’s a very creative looking and feeling environment.

Keep an eye on the events to check if the family is hospitable again to welcome you into their home. Admire it from a distance or with Google streetview if you can t visit.

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Details about this spot

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Address

Beatrijsstraat 71, Rotterdam

Opening Times

24 hours daily (outdoors), public events indoors (check schedule)

Website

Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)