Designed by Sputnik Architecture Urbanism Research, Achterhaven, a modern cluster of city houses in a historic urban fabric is located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Delfshaven was originally the Port City of Delft, and Woonbron requested a design that would fit into the historic context of the district. Rather than applying a standard architectural approach of replicating the historic décor of the surrounding area into the new development, Sputnik took an urban approach which blended old with new.
According to Sputnik, the reproduction of old facades does not lead to strong integration between existing and new developments, and is not necessarily cost-efficient. Considering the time, energy and craftsmanship required to properly recreate historic facades, the studio argues that these historic replication projects rarely effectively re-create the beautiful canal house facades of the Dutch golden era.