The Hudsons, Rotterdam | Orange Architects

Concluding the restructuring of the Bospolder-Tussendijken district in Rotterdam

Release Time: April 20, 2023

Name: The Hudsons

Location: Bospolder-Tussendijken, Rotterdam

Design: 2016

Realisation: 2022

Size: 29.100 m2

Architect: Orange Architects

Team: Jeroen Schipper, Tess Landsman, Paul Kierkels, Julija Osipenko, Angeliki Chantzopoulou, Fung Chow, Lars Fraij, María Gómez Garrido, Rutger Schoenmaker

Assignment: Tender, 1st prize

Client: ERA Contour & BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling

Contractor: ERA Contour

Advisors: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Nieman, Huygen Installatie Adviseurs, CULD, INBO

Visual: De Beeldenfabriek

Photography: Sebastian van Damme, Sander van Wettum


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The Hudsons is located on the border of the Bospolder-Tussendijken district and the raw Merwe-Vierhavens harbour (M4H), which will be redeveloped in the coming years into an innovative living and working area. The plan is designed to harmonize with the mosaic of building volumes that are typical of the Bospolder-Tussendijken district. In the proposal, the development location was cut up into smaller entities that in scale, form and typology ensure a seamless transition to the existing building blocks, streets and squares in the neighbourhood.

‘The outer skin of the blocks is detailed in profiled brickwork that gradually becomes more open and changes colour from the neighbourhood to the park side’

Five closed building blocks, each with its own character and highly differentiated housing program, a courtyard on the first floor and a car park underneath. The courtyards all have a unique layout, with a more collective or private structure. The outer skin of the blocks is detailed in profiled brickwork that gradually becomes more open and changes colour from the neighbourhood side to the park on the other side. The blocks blend with both the red brickwork architecture of the 20th-century district and lightness of the park.

The result is a highly integrated design with plenty of routes through to the neighbouring Roof Park. The five building blocks allow a variety of apartment types to be realized side by side without having an impact on the coherence of the urban plan. The design also ensures that the green character of the Roof Park can penetrate deeply into the neighbourhood.

Sustainability is an important theme for The Hudsons and is fully integrated into the concept. The five building blocks are equipped with collective PV panels, green roofs and various nesting facilities. Since the apartments are fitted with all-electric amenities, there will be no use of fossil fuels. Several socially sustainable aspects are incorporated in The Hudsons, on various scales. At block level, all homes are organized around 5 courtyards, with private and communal gardens. These roof gardens form a familiar environment for residents, where children can play safely and neighbours get to know each other better. The car-free passages in between the blocks and the encroachment zones in front of the houses have been designed as meeting places for residents and as a play area for children from the neighbourhood.

Two commercial spaces have been designed in the most prominent places of the plan; on either side of the central axis through the neighbourhood. This is the location where the inhabitants of Bospolder-Tussendijken enter the Roof Park, to enjoy the late afternoon sun on beautiful summer evenings.

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