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Ommoord

Rotterdam, Netherlands
1 of 2Architecture Guide

Ommoord is Rotterdam's last major high-rise development. Consisting of several low-rise neighborhoods about a core of high-rise, the area sits along a central axis of facilities. The high-rise zone is assembled from stempels (repetitive units) each of two angled and two rectangular blocks of housing. Together these enfold a shared expanse of green space, but the configuration is such as to create view corridors deep into the surrounding landscape from this green area and from the more elevated units. Its mix of high- and low-rise, its sensitive insertion in the landscape and its well-groomed architecture have managed to prevent Ommoord from becoming a 'problem neighborhood'. At present it is one of the last districts where modernist ideals of metropolitan dwelling in green space can still be admired in practice.