In 1987 the Cruquius site was the first part of the Docklands to be redeveloped. The city started to develop the district where in a recent past you found the cattle market, the slaughterhouse and the municipal customs depot.
On the place of the abattoir the ‘architect district’ with 550 social housing dwellings arose. It was done in the usual way: almost everything was demolished, the district parcelled out completely anew, the architecture – though not bad – by Frans van Dillen and en Lucien Lafour – was not beyond imagination. The district could have been everywhere.
Fortunately the imposing 300 metre long warehouses Monday up to including Sunday from the 190th century, an absolute highlight of the whole area – were preserved and converted into 390 owner occupied dwellings (1988-1991).
For the 600 dwellings in the western part of the former Entrepot harbour PRO Architects designed a half-open block and high rise accents, with as a strong image a long block winding over the Entrepot harbour. PRO broke with the traditional parcelling scheme.