'Achter' translates directly as 'Back' and names both the canal and street in the centre of Delft. This part of the old town has a rich history and forms a connection between two canals, where once the loading and unloading of goods was the order of the day. Given its location within the urbanity of Delft, this fitting name was chosen.
The part of Delft where Achterom is located, in 1350 fell just outside the Binnenstad, or the inner city. Although the houses on the Achterom belonged to the city, the land was owned by the Abbey of Rijnsburg. In 1355 there was a considerable wrangling for jurisdiction of the area. Delft city law did not apply there and the city ultimately wished for it to do so.
The canal became a recognised part of the eastern city boundary of Delft in the 13th century and was shaped by the more or less north-south running third main canal (Achterom, Brabantse Turfmarkt, Burgwal, Verwersdijk).
Today it is vibrant, hosting a series of small scale galleries, architecture offices, workshops, restaurants and other amenities. Distinto is located on the canal and has space to host a range of workshops, charettes, engagement sessions. Get in touch with us to arrange a call-in meeting to see how we can be of help.