WSST (WestSide STory), housing block

The wedge

WSST (‘West Side Story’) is an open-centred housing block adjacent to the city centre of Breda. It provides housing suitable for families with children. With two storeys plus a ridge roof volume, the low-rise part of the block has an architecture which echoes the small scale and the alignment of the adjacent streets. A taller section with apartments lies alongside the main road. Private gardens are situated on the outside of the tapering block, while the inside contains a spacious courtyard measuring 30m by 75m. The courtyard is designed as a collective garden for the residents. A roof overhang with columns marks the transition between the private and collective domains. This transitional area is one step higher than the courtyard, which has partly-submerged parking facilities built beneath it.


Breda, NL, 2003-2008
Housing, Mixed use

60 dwellings, commercial spaces and parking garage, Rotel site, Breda

V.O.F. Woningontwikkeling Haagpoort, Breda

Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists

design competition
Marlies Rohmer with Joost Mulders (coorporating architect)

Marlies Rohmer

Michiel van Pelt
Chris van den Berk
Klaas Nienhuis
Jacqueline Hoefmans
Gieneke Pieterse

urban plan
Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists

structural engineer
Van Boxsel Bouwtechnisch Adviesbureau, Oosterhout

consulting offices
Van Boxsel Bouwtechnisch Adviesbureau, Oosterhout;
Reuser Technisch Adviesbureau, Den Bosch (bouwfysica);
Peutz, Zoetermeer (akoestiek, brandveiligheid)

building contractor
Moonen Bouwgroep, Breda

René de Wit

design date


GFA: 9000 m²


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