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Walking round the houses

When an area in The Netherlands is redeveloped careful thought goes into the way something is designed.

A key social aspect to new buildings is the creation of safe spaces around houses where cars don’t dominate.

They’re called kindvriendlijk or child friendly. But more than that neighbourhoods that are child friendly are people friendly

In practice this simple idea is manifested in various ways. One new housing development illustrates this well.


As you can see. The houses have a common courtyard so that a safe area has been created. This design isn’t new it dates back to fishermen’s cottages in various areas of the country. Obviously these are common near harbours and sea fronts .

So how has this new development made this idea work in a modern context?


There’s a car park underground!

Now the area also sustains natural features including this waterway next to the housing.


As you can see the ‘locals’ like it too!


9 comments on “Walking round the houses

  1. quarteracrelifestyle
    August 5, 2014

    So lovely!


  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 5, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day


  3. Oh I love this! In Perth the focus is to make things car friendly. Yuck. In one suburb where they are building modern monstrocities of new houses (big house right up to boundary of block, no outsdie space, black roof etc) it was required to have TWO garage spaces per house! I want to come and live where you are! : )


    • lizard100
      August 7, 2014

      Many people in The Netherlands don’t drive! In some places to get a parking permit there’s a waiting list of years and to be eligible you have to own a cad for years and park mile from your house first. Plenty to put you off. Parking in the city is extortionate so people use public transport and bikes. It brilliant.


      • Paying for parking is something that’s still relatively new here. People are still outraged that they can’t drive into the city centre (the State Capital!) and park outside the shop they want to go to. Parking in the city is expensive now, which it should be, but elsewhere people still expect to park for free.

        Me, I don’t have a car – we use our bikes or take public transport and it’s great!


      • lizard100
        August 7, 2014



  4. Rambling Woods
    August 7, 2014

    Careful thought…. What a novel idea


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