In a new to be developed parkland 3 identical building volumes are freely inserted in the landscape. Each building includes 9 2 bedroom-apartments spread over 3 levels. The top floor consist of 2 apartments with an extra bedroom in the volume of the roof. Each apartment has a terrace that provides a view over the green landscape. On the ground floor the parking is half sunken with 11 carspaces, connected to storagespace, and technical storage. Entry to the apartments is possible via 2 vertical circulation zones that connect 5 or 6 apartments. These stairways are accessible from the ground floor by a small ramp or from the half underground parking area. Extra attention was paid to organize a spacious and comfortable unit within the surface regulations. The internal circulation is kept to a minimum in order to obtain maximum living space.
In a next phase, a new building will be implanted at the border of the green gardenscapes of Varenvelden. This project is conceived as a continuation of the private houses that surround the park and approximates their scale and design. The project comprises two identical volumes of four-storey dwellings, connected by a bicycle storage unit.
Given the conscious implantation and reduced overall height of the project, the new volumes ensure that the typical gardenscape qualities of the area are preserved. Privacy between the new and the existing buildings is guaranteed in various ways. Distance is a key factor between old and new facades, avoiding direct visual contact and intrusive views. Architectural green axes with hedges, plants and indigenous trees are also applied, forming an extra layer of privacy.
Incisions in the volume’s street and garden facades break the monolithic character of the buildings.
Stacking these dwellings results in a compact volume with improved performances for energy and space, in addition to keeping the budget under control. Given the specificity of the stacking, where each dwelling has its own private entrance on the ground floor, the individuality of these entities is maintained.