The ‘City across the Spaarne’ lies on the east bank of the Spaarne River, a stone’s throw from the centre of Haarlem. The wonderful location relative to the city centre is exploited by achieving a relatively high density that is nonetheless open in character. In addition, the contrast between densely built and open space has been maximized. Water and greenery create a high-quality living environment and ensure a continuity of ‘emptiness’, light and air throughout, thereby making the high density on the fingers of land pleasant for residents.
The strips of land are connected to one another in a north-south direction by an access axis that diverges slightly from the orthogonal roads of Schalkwijk and the new fingers of land. The densely developed fingers in the east-west direction alternate with open spaces of greenery and water. The four building volumes facing the Spaarne terminate these lines of development. The five residential towers on the northern side form a prelude to the busy Schipholweg and a landmark for the neighbourhood. A large park with sports facilities is planned on the inner curve of the water.