About the Book
Descr.‘Moerwijk Hofjes’ is a thorough analytical de- sign study, looking at the past, present and fu- ture of a typical Dudokian post-war housing block in The Hague. The design suggests a subtle but effective architectural transforma- tion that meets today’s demands and increas- es the quality of life for inhabitants. With the thoughtful re-organisation of floor plans, the restoration of garden access, the design of prefabricated extensions, a new ownership strategy, the (re-) definition of private, semi- private and public zones and the integration of communal facilities, this step-like proposal responds to various parameters: economical pressure, ecological demands and an explo- sive social mix of tenants. ‘Moerwijk Hofjes’ is an ambitious and at the same time realistic vision of upgrading post-war heritage and
its neighbourhoods. Posing a real alternative to demolition, it can serve as a prototype for housing corporations that are now more than ever eager to economically improve similar property all over the Netherlands.