't ValkenTij

Along the Oude Rijn, on the old Uxem site, the small-scale residential neighborhood 't Valkentij is rising. As a new entrance to the village of Valkenburg, the plan is designed with a nod to the past. The orientation of the buildings and the vistas reflect the historical peat allotment. This creates a connection between the village and the "Oude Rijn" (Old Rhine). Traditionally, the Oude Rijn was a working river with many industries along its banks. The architectural details of the buildings recall the old factories and workshops that once stood on the Uxem site. These historical elements are translated into the new buildings in a contemporary way, creating a unique and recognizable character.


Two luxury apartment buildings will rise in the most prominent location of the district, along the water and green artery. The Steenplaats is located at the head of the shore and includes 16 apartments between 90 m2 and 115 m2, each with 3 bedrooms and a spacious living room. The Schelp is at the heart of the area and accommodates 16 apartments between 65 m2 and 100 m2 with two or three bedrooms. All homes have private storage on the first floor, large windows that bring in lots of light and private outdoor space in the form of a balcony or garden. Atop the buildings are four spacious penthouses. The set-back facades not only form a transition to the adjacent lower buildings, but also create space for large roof terraces where residents can relax and enjoy the beautiful views.


As an extension of the Schelphoek, 9 ground-level homes offer a unique waterfront living experience. The homes have a living area of approximately 145m2, spread over three layers. Each home has a front garden with storage shed and a rear garden bordering the water. A jetty makes it possible to enjoy the water or moor a boat. The homes feature a spacious kitchen and living room on the first floor, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom with room for a bath on the second floor, and a spacious, self-designed attic. Along Katwijkerweg, next to the green vein that runs through the neighborhood, is the only detached house of the plan. The house with garden is oriented to the continuous road and is thus incorporated into the rest of the ribbon development. Two bay windows create a flexible, light-filled, spacious living room and kitchen. The 5 rooms on the upper floors can serve as bedrooms or be filled in as you wish, as an office, gym, laundry room, etc. Plenty of possibilities!

First-time buyers

Half of the homes we realize in the affordable segment, so that also starters can find a place in the new district. Some of these starter homes are located along the second entrance to the district, in the old laboratory of the Rotterdamse Beton Maatschappij (RBM). In this monument, which we are restoring to its former glory, will come four unique starter homes. Connected by a common entrance, we will make another 12 starter homes in a three-story block that matches the appearance of the other buildings. The total of 16 homes of about 50 m2 have a bicycle shed at the rear and a communal garden where residents can meet, eat together or garden. 

Connection in the neighborhood

't Valkentij was designed with diversity and inclusiveness in mind. The neighborhood offers a range of housing types to meet different housing needs. Whether you are looking for a family home with a garden where children can play, or a modern apartment with a generous balcony overlooking the water. A green artery runs through the area and runs from the entrance to the neighborhood, along the Kleine Watering to the Rijn River and via the quay through the heart of the area back to the Katwijkerweg. Here residents can meet or just unwind among the lush trees and plants. A centrally located playground allows children to play safely and within sight. It is a place where everyone can feel at home.

Location Valkenburg, NL
Client KBM groep
Ron Van Leeuwen ceo / architect / urban designer
Renske de Meijer architect
Wim Baas project leader / technical designer
Arvid de Haan urban designer
Levi Makatita bim modeller
Alwin Hirschfeld bim-modeller