Gerbrandy is a noisy site alongside a railway line, close to the centre of Utrecht. Access to various educational institutions is very good. The surrounding neighbourhood is undergoing an intensive restructuring, the final element of which is Gerbrandy, with a residential programme of small households (students, young professionals and seniors). A supporting programme of collective amenities turns the proposal into a concept for urban living.
The scale of the surroundings calls for the total volume to be broken down into smaller units, made up of building blocks arranged around an atrium containing plenty of greenery. This composition is ideal for solving the noise problem in a friendly manner. The total programme takes the form of a configuration of interconnected courtyards placed along shared central circulation spaces with amenities. Shops and cafés in the plinth on the city side allow the block to blend with the scale of the neighbourhood. A fully flexible plan arrangement ensures the lasting value of this proposal.
Koopmans Projecten bv, Enschede
850 apartments (25 and 50 m2), office units, commercial spaces