The Hoboken area gets its name from ‘Het Land van Hoboken’, the estate of the Hoboken family. Currently the area is a collection of fragmented and isolated islands consisting of numerous elements with different qualities: the Erasmus Medical Centre, the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, the Dutch Architecture Institute, the Kunsthal, a collection of parks from the 19th and 20th century and the Westzeedijk which brutally splits the area in two.
ZUS tries to bring order to this complex and chaotic nexus and, by means of a series of interventions, wants to reconnect the  introvert islands. By making new entrances, connections, passages and water bodies the area can finally become one again.
A new passage straight through the dike connects the separate areas while simultaneously creating space for a Museum of Medical History, and by doing so relating to the other cultural institutions in the area. The primary function of the dike will be maintained by means of two closable gates at either end of the breakthrough.
The central concept of Park knot Hoboken is connecting; the hospital with its surroundings, the parks with each other and the whole area with the city. In this way Hoboken will be part of Rotterdam again.


Name: Museum for Medical History
Location: Rotterdam
Date: 2009
Area: 10 ha.
Client: LSI and DS+V
Status: Exhibition, IABR 4 Open City, Maakbaarheid
Commissioned by Crimson Architectural Historians for IABR 4