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HOUSING AND SHOPS MATHENESSERPLEIN
J.H. VAN DEN BROEK, 1927-1929, Mathenesserplein, Rotterdam
Woningbouw met winkels Mathenesserplein / Housing and Shops Mathenesserplein ( J.H. van den Broek )
© 2007 Rook & Nagelkerke

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
Jo van den Broek

RENOVATOR:
Putter Partners
Zdenek Zavrel
Eric Bakema

BUILDING TYPE:
Housing
Urban plans

This housing project, Van den Broek's first, embodies the architectural embellishment of three housing blocks at a fork in the road. The design is based on standard plans used by building contractors. Van den Broek created a monumental square by adding two towers and two low-rise showrooms. A third tower on axis with the bridge marks a gateway to the residential district beyond. This type of urban layout can be traced back to the formal principles of Berlage. At the onset of the 21st century the complex was revivified with a mix of renovation, renewal and reconstruction.