Housing cooperative W1555


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Woonstad Rotterdam

Circular transformation of a pre-war building into a 46-unit housing cooperative.

The block was squatted in 2004 by a group of young artists. The new residents united as the NAC Foundation. Together with the property owner dNU, later Woonstad, and the foundation, a recovery and management plan was drawn up for a period of 10 years. During this time, the foundation contributed to the liveability of the neighbourhood with residents and their activities. In 2015, the first discussions about a sustainable transformation of the housing block began. A new residents’ association, W1555, was established for this purpose.

W1555 before the renovation

Through co-creation between Superuse, the residents and Woonstad, a design and renovation plan was made for 46 homes and 6 communal spaces (studio, workshop space, kitchen, etc.). The typology has changed from pre-war flats to gallery flats. This solved several problems at once. The balconies at the rear were in poor condition. By placing a gallery here, it was possible to create new large balconies and efficient access. This intervention ensures more daylight in the houses, fewer porches and more flats.

Children perform in the common area.

Of particular note is the tiling of the central passages, made from leftover bottom plates from industrial baker’s ovens.

Design for the cooperative housing project W1555Design for the cooperative housing project W1555.

The foundations have been improved, solar panels are being installed and the homes will be better insulated. Circular materials will be used as much as possible.

The greatest benefit of the project is that the pre-war building did not have to make way for new construction.

Former garage turned into music room.

Although the initial costs were slightly higher, Woonstad opted for an appealing circular transformation.

Roof renovations with reused Trespa.
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