Plan Internationaal Doorwerth

J.T.P Bijhouwer/Bouwfonds et al.


  • Frederique van Andel TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


The creation of this international showcase of ‘domestic culture’ dates back to 1960, when the Bouwfonds Nederlandse Gemeenten (a former semi-public company that focused on homes and mortgages) put up a piece of land for sale in the Dutch village of Doorwerth, earmarked to be used for ‘normal development’. But the Bouwfonds’s director at the time, J. Wiersema, thought that this site was too unique for typical standard homes, and came up with a plan to build a variety of homes here of the types that the Bouwfonds had been building since its inception in 1946. He also had in mind a series of prefabricated bungalows from abroad, which would give a good insight into the domestic cultures of the respective countries.

The idea was developed in urban planning terms by J.T.P. Bijhouwer (1898-1974), a professor of horticulture and landscape architecture in Wageningen, together with the Nederlandse Heidemaatschappij (the Dutch Moorland Reclamation Society) and the municipality of Renkum. The site was located in the wooded section of an existing residential area, and the plan was loosely designed with many communal green areas, and the preservation of as many trees as possible.

Author Biography

Frederique van Andel, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Frederique van Andel holds a Master’s degree in both urban planning and architecture from Delft University of Technology. She worked for Mecanoo architecten and DP6 architectuurstudio in Delft, and lived in Barcelona where she worked with architect Toni Gironès. Since 2006, Frederique is a researcher and lecturer in the Global Housing research group of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft. Her main topic of interest is affordable housing for growing cities in the Global South. Frederique curated the exhibition ‘Global Housing – Affordable Dwellings for Growing Cities’ (2016) with venues in Delft and Addis Ababa. She is editor of the book series DASH (Delft Architectural Studies on Housing) and coordinates and edits the online Platform for Affordable Dwelling (PAD). Frederique teaches Master courses on Global Housing Design and Bachelor courses on Plan Analysis. She is project manager for the research project ‘Addis Ababa Living Lab: Creating Resilient Dwelling Clusters for Urban Resettlement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’, funded by the Dutch Research Council and TU Delft (2019-2023).




How to Cite

van Andel, F. (2018). Plan Internationaal Doorwerth: J.T.P Bijhouwer/Bouwfonds et al. DASH | Delft Architectural Studies on Housing, 5(09), 126–133. Retrieved from



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