Urban Oases: Dutch Hofjes as Hidden Architectural Gems

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Urban Oases is an ode to the architecture of Dutch hofjes. It explains why hofjes have been a natural and attractive part of the urban fabric of the Netherlands for six centuries and why they continue to appeal to new generations. The appeal of hofje architecture lies in its ability to renew its medieval archetype – an enclosed living environment around a shared green garden. Hofjes allow both residents and visitors to enjoy an especially serene and intimate atmosphere that contrasts surprisingly with the urban experience of hustle and bustle. The drawings, text and photography of Urban Oases take the reader to the capillaries of old Dutch cities and are relevant to an important contemporary global question: How can high-quality, compact residential environments be created in twenty-first- century cities?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherNAi Publishers
Number of pages208
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6208-686-9
ISBN (Print)978-94-6208-660-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • courtyard housing
  • urban architecture
  • typology
  • housing design
  • Sustainable City
  • architecture of inclusivity


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