Transformation of shops into housing
The challenges and opportunities of the shops
The 14 pilot shops have special characteristics, but also specific challenges. The sunlight comes in only from two narrow sides, and the height in some cases is too short. There is a wide variety in square meters but only a few have a back garden. The shops will be sold “casco” and therefore there is more flexibility in reuse. The facades are unique and tell the story of the street, but privacy is a crucial challenge.
The transformation toolkit
Every new owner has its own story. But when designing for more people the price can drop. Therefore, we created a toolkit: standard elements can be combined with specific interventions to create a unique home. People can choose between a “winter garden”, a glass extension at the back, or a prefab kitchen/bath box. Some of those interventions can be the same for several houses, but the end result will always be unique. Our plan is to keep developing those interventions together with the new residents.
Municipality of Rotterdam
competition entry — 1st prize
Marina Kounavi, Marialena Kasimidi, in collaboration with Architects for Urbanity: Irgen Salianji, Karolina Szóstkiewicz