The Flemish Approach
Everyone knows: if you pass the old silos by the sluice, you are really in Deventer. Here, WeLoveTheCity introduced The Flemish Approach with space for self and co-builders who want to realise their dream in a part of the city that is never finished. Building for own occupancy, just like in 1920 when the harbour was dug up. From 3 to 300 developers. Welcome to Deventer Harbour Quarter!
Deventer can be regarded as a pioneer: area development based on reuse, without a predefined final picture or time schedule.”To good use – Golden Pyramid 2015 National Prize for inspiring commissioning
The self and co-builders keep themselves and each other on track by following five simple agreements:
Heritage as a source of inspiration
We start by renovating and reusing the old silos, factories and sheds.
Discovery of the harbour
We do not complain about the commercial shipping that continues to dock in both arms of the port.
Working in the city
We consider work to be more important than housing and take into account the price entrepreneurs can afford to pay.
We only build unique and ‘custom made’ houses that are not yet available in Deventer.
Room for ideas
We always create space for unorthodox events with an artistic and non-profit edge.
WeLoveTheCity is often asked what we are proud of in the Havenkwartier, what is our icon? Then we tell the story of Jose and Anjo, two doers who have made the 60-metre-high Grey Silo their home. Where professional developers gave up prematurely, they persevered. Is ‘making your own city’ a utopia? Just ring their doorbell and let them convince you.