The site of the former Dobbelman washing powder factory is located in the Bottendaal neighbourhood of the city of Nijmegen. This neighbourhood is distinguished by small-scale buildings and the use of characteristic materials, namely reddish brown bricks and white door and window frames. Some houses have front gardens, others have basements. Herman Zeinstra designed 62 low-rise houses in the master plan for redevelopment (Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer) and a business centre that harmonize with the plan of the old neighbourhood. There are five different types of house. The city and town houses are in tone with the housing in the surrounding area. Theses houses have tympanums and parallel roofs so that they appear to be individual houses. Patio houses have been built on the adjacent former warehouse site. These houses are introvert: instead of facing the street they are turned towards their patios to guarantee maximum privacy. These houses all harmonize with the existing housing in their details and in the use of materials. The Graafseweg site has an entirely different character. This former factory where washing powder was manufactured has been transformed into a comfortable residential area which retains a link with the past.
Architect: Herman Zeinstra
Team: Ari Mashiach, Annegien van Dijk, Ernst Verwijnen, Pier Helder
Year: 2003 - 2008
Client: De Principaal