Langs
de
kade

Room with a view, winning competition design for 30 one-family houses

archi­tecture master­planning

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At a brownfield site on the left bank of river 'Scheldt', 30 dwellings are organized into 3 building blocks.
Each of the houses has a direct view to the river, by using different housing typologies such as patio and town houses, creating a 'room with a view'.

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A derelict industrial site next to the river Scheldt will be transformed to a mixed residential project and will be part of a new waterfront in the future. The masterplan for this new development ‘Village at the Stream’ is designed by Studio Secchi Vigano and consists of two parts. The spine will be 4 strips of apartment buildings perpendicular to the river bank, the tissue will be a fine-grained and connective longitudinal zone with one family houses parallel to the river.

‘Langs de kade’ (along the quay) got 1st prize in an invited competition for the tissue zone. In this project 30 one family houses are organized in tree coherent and integrated building blocks, a compact low-rise but high density composition. Each building block consists of ten dwellings with various typologies, depending on their position and relation to the Kerkstraat or the river Scheldt.

Room with a view

To maximize the relation to the water, waterside houses are one or two floors and street side houses two or three floors high. Consequently each house has a wide view over the river from the living room and/or terrace. Four connections in between and next to the building blocks are introduced to create a permeable tissue and to link physically and visually the existing street to the water promenade. Designed as living streets they intensify social contact with the surrounding neighborhood.

The tissue merges on all sides with the surrounding scene and connects to the existing morphology of its setting. The new park landscape is organized like a carpet in between, within and on top of the housing units anticipating different conditions. Gardens, patios, terraces, rooftop gardens, green roofs … are organized on all levels. A multitude of individual and collective exterior spaces strengthens the idea of the social connective tissue.

location
Location : Zwijndrecht
area
Area : 3.500 m²
date
Date : 2012
fact
Fact : 1st place in the competition
client
Client : BroCap, Urban Estates

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