Work on over 35 sites around Utrecht central station will turn the area into a mixed-use district of housing and amenities. The Jaarbeursplein site acts as a pivot between the city centre and the area to the west. This hotel and housing scheme is one of the first developments in the area. With a mixed programme featuring a hotel topped by a housing complex, the site symbolizes the link with the residential area behind it. The hotel and housing benefit from each other, with some of the hotel facilities available for use by the residents.
As a connection between the business-like Jaarbeursplein and the future residential district to be developed next to it, the new building will have to play a dual role, as a large metropolitan building with a scale that anchors it to the new neighbourhood. To achieve that, the building broken down into smaller volumes, stacked to a height of about 90 metres. As the atmosphere and views from hotel rooms, particularly those on the lower levels, are not appealing on all sides, green courts on the stepped volumes enhance the quality of the surrounding space, thereby meeting the new sustainability requirements imposed in Utrecht. The building consumes remarkably little energy, thanks in part to the solar panels attached to the outer facades.
Amrath hotel chain; de Lelie Vastgoed BV
Hotel with c. 250 rooms and c. 350 dwellings, car park, Jaarbeursplein Utrecht