Pieter de Raadtstraat 35 & 37

  • since: 2014
  • use: living and working
  • number of units: 5 residential units with 1 collective living room (5 residents), two individual residential units, 1 office (approximately 2 to 3 users; occasionally more)
  • commons: workshop (about 2 users; occasionally more) incl. laundry neighbor (about 12 users; residents plus neighbours) and the Stokerij (3-30 users)
  • surface: approx. 440m2 (plus storage)
Balcony life Pieter de Raadtstraat

City in the Making started in this “twin building”. A workshop has now been realized in the former soap factory and later water distillery, while part of the space has been set up for debate and exchange (“Distillery”). The upper floors are work and living space. There is a group house, a studio house, a “casco” (shell) house, and the office space of Stad in de Maak located here. The attic floors are also in use: as a living floor, and as a guest room under construction.

A work building throughout ITs history


A number of interesting details can be found in the Rotterdam City Archives about city life in the double building Pieter de Raadstraat 35-37. The building was built in 1899 with two spacious workshops on the ground floor, which have been used intensively over time. The building plan shows that a large boiler room has been set up in the workshop – and that the facade has a number of beautiful details, not all of which have withstood the time. Apartments are located on the upper floors.

In the street book of 1911 (see photo, on the right page) we can read how the entire building is used and inhabited by craftsmen. On the ground floor there is a painting workshop and commercial printing office; furthermore, carpenters and a metal worker live there. Earlier there was already a soap factory (1903) and a cigar factory (1901).

In 1911, P. Ziere established a company in “salt, soap, etc.” in the workshop of number 37, which was soon expanded into a water distillery. The water distillery produces hot water for the neighborhood, while all cleaning supplies are also available. The distillery will last for a long time – widow Ziere will run it for years even after the death of her husband.


Less can be found in the archive about the period 1940 and later, although there are some nice details: the rent for an upstairs apartment (37, 1st floor) in 1942, for example, was about 6 guilders a week (see photo).