Hoogvliet is a post-war satellite city of Rotterdam presently undergoing a large-scale restructuring process. The International Building Exhibition (IBT) is a project which over the next ten years will guide the transformation of Hoogvliet. IBT commissioned Maxwan to develop the logics of Hoogvliet in order to counterbalance the current ad-hoc and fragmented changes that have characterized the restructuring of the city. The office was asked to find consistency in the new Hoogvliet without frustrating and interfering existing planning processes.
The starting point of 'Logica' is the observation that every pleasing city has a certain logic to it, a structure and character which make it recognizable and distinctive. Clear decisions about these properties need to be taken in order to build a strong foundation for future development, decisions dealing with preservation, reinforcement or change. Choosing and designing a limited set of strong characteristics, and maintaining them for a longer period, will help to improve the spatial quality and consistency of Hoogvliet. In effect, the result of 'Logica' is not a typical master plan but a framework that organizes decision making.
8'000 new homes
partner in charge
Nuno Garcia, Shinobu Hashimoto, Harm te Velde
What are the characteristics that make Hoogvliet special and set it apart from other cities?
1. it's division into clearly seperated districts.
2. the abundant urban green space that envelopes the housing blocks.
3. it's enclosure by a green buffer around Hoogvliet.
4. it's traffic system with main roads in the green seams between the districts.