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Utrecht Creates 300 Bee-Friendly Bus Stops

09:00 - 26 July, 2019
Utrecht Creates 300 Bee-Friendly Bus Stops, © Barbra Verbij / Clear Channel
© Barbra Verbij / Clear Channel

The City of Utrecht Council, in collaboration with advertising agency Clear Channel, has transformed 316 bus stops across the city into “bee stops.” The adaption involved installing green roofs onto the bus stops, creating bee-friendly spaces for the endangered species.

© Barbra Verbij / Clear Channel © Barbra Verbij / Clear Channel © Barbra Verbij / Clear Channel © Barbra Verbij / Clear Channel + 6

Bicycle Parking / Ector Hoogstad Architecten

02:00 - 4 July, 2019
Bicycle Parking / Ector Hoogstad Architecten, © Petra Appelhof
© Petra Appelhof

© Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof © Petra Appelhof + 33

Big House / Goldsmith Company

10:00 - 28 June, 2019
Big House / Goldsmith Company, © Ruben Dario Kleimeer
© Ruben Dario Kleimeer

© Ruben Dario Kleimeer © Ruben Dario Kleimeer © Ruben Dario Kleimeer © Ruben Dario Kleimeer + 13

Dafne Schippersburg Bridge / NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners architecten

01:00 - 19 June, 2019
Dafne Schippersburg Bridge / NEXT architects and rudy uytenhaak + partners architecten, © Marcel IJzerman
© Marcel IJzerman

© Marcel IJzerman © Marcel IJzerman © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch + 27

HU University of Applied Sciences / SHL

10:00 - 23 May, 2019
HU University of Applied Sciences / SHL, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk + 36

The Green House / architectenbureau cepezed

05:00 - 27 April, 2019
The Green House / architectenbureau cepezed, © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee
© cepezed | Lucas van der Wee

© cepezed | Lucas van der Wee © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee + 24

Dutch Designers Create a New Vertical Village for the Netherlands

13:00 - 18 December, 2018
Dutch Designers Create a New Vertical Village for the Netherlands, MARK Vertical Village. Image Courtesy of de Architekten Cie. Studio A2
MARK Vertical Village. Image Courtesy of de Architekten Cie. Studio A2

A team of Dutch design studios have won the competition for a new high-rise development next to the Leidsche Rijn station in Utrecht. Architekten Cie, Karres en Brands, KCAP and Geurst & Schulze joined together to create a development of three towers with over 1,000 residences. Mixing social housing with medium to high rent apartments, the project weaves together collective spaces around sustainable urban living. Redefining high-rise design, the vertical village aims to bring Utrecht's landscapes into the sky.

MARK Vertical Village. Image Courtesy of de Architekten Cie. Karres en Brands, Studio A2 MARK Vertical Village. Image Courtesy of de Architekten Cie. Studio A2 MARK Vertical Village. Image Courtesy of de Architekten Cie. Karres en Brands, Studio A2 MARK Vertical Village. Image Courtesy of de Architekten Cie. Studio A2 + 11

Princess Máxima Centre for Child Oncology / LIAG Architects

05:00 - 13 August, 2018
Princess Máxima Centre for Child Oncology / LIAG Architects, © Ronald Tilleman
© Ronald Tilleman

© Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman © Ronald Tilleman + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Heidelberglaan 25, 3584 EA Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Arie Aalbers, Thomas Bögl, Erik Schotte, Maja Frakowiack, Meagan Kerr, Jordy Aarts, Tjarda Roeloffs-Valk, Martha de Geus , Harmen Landman, Nick Schat, Thomas Witteman and Erik Brummelhaus, Ifigenia Riga
  • Area

    44833.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Superlofts Blok Y / Marc Koehler Architects

03:00 - 19 July, 2018
Superlofts Blok Y / Marc Koehler Architects, © Stijn Poelstra
© Stijn Poelstra

© Marcel van der Burg © Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Marcel van der Burg + 46

Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?

14:51 - 12 July, 2018
Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?, © 3d Studio Prins
© 3d Studio Prins

That’s the goal, at least. Mecanoo has released designs for a large-scale development in Utrecht inspired by “blue zone” regions - areas where residents tend live atypically long and healthy lives. Currently there are only five recognized blue zones worldwide: Sardinia, Nicoya, Loma Linda, Okinawa, and Ikaria.

© 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins + 4

The Green House / architectenbureau cepezed

04:00 - 28 June, 2018
The Green House / architectenbureau cepezed, © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee
© cepezed | Lucas van der Wee

© cepezed | Lucas van der Wee © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee © cepezed | Lucas van der Wee + 20

De Verkenner Tower / Mei architects and planners

13:00 - 3 April, 2018
De Verkenner Tower / Mei architects and planners, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode Courtesy of Mei architects and planners © Ossip van Duivenbode + 39

The Architectural Review Announces Winners of the 2017 AR Emerging Architecture Awards

06:00 - 8 December, 2017
Winner: Rue Bonnet Social Housing/ Avenier Cornejo Architectes. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards
Winner: Rue Bonnet Social Housing/ Avenier Cornejo Architectes. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards

The winners of the Architectural Review 2017 Emerging Architecture Award are Christelle Avenier and Miguel Cornejo. The duo’s social housing project in Paris was selected as winners by the judges. All finalists gathered in Berlin this year to present their projects to a panel consisting of Marina Tabassum, Martyn Hook, and Matthias Sauerbruch. For the last two-years, the jury has received the applications at the World Architecture Festival.

Winner: Rue Bonnet Social Housing/ Avenier Cornejo Architectes. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards Highly Commended: Casa de Los Vientos / José Luis Muñoz. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards Highly Commended: Fort Vechten Waterline Museum / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards Highly Commended: Fort Vechten Waterline Museum / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards + 9

City of Utrecht Opens Largest Bicycle Parking Lot In The World

16:00 - 11 September, 2017
City of Utrecht Opens Largest Bicycle Parking Lot In The World, © CU2030.nl
© CU2030.nl

The first phase of what will become the world’s largest bicycle parking garage has opened to the public in Utretch, The Netherlands. Currently with a capacity of 6,000 parking spaces, by late 2018 it will have enough space to house 12,500 bicycles – outpacing the current record holder Tokyo’s 9,400-capacity Kasai underground station in Tokyo. When completed, the garage and its surrounding area will contain space as many as 22,000 bikes.

© CU2030.nl © CU2030.nl © CU2030.nl © CU2030.nl + 9

Peter Pichler Architecture Wins Competition for Looping Towers in The Netherlands

14:40 - 24 August, 2017
Peter Pichler Architecture Wins Competition for Looping Towers in The Netherlands, Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture
Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture

Peter Pichler Architecture has been selected as the winners of a competition to design a new residential tower complex in the town of Maarssen just outside of Utrecht, Netherlands. Called the “Looping Towers,” the scheme consists of two L-shaped residential towers that connect as their ends to create a figure-eight shape that is optimized for its site.

Located along a main artery connecting the cities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, the 35,000 square meter complex is envisioned as a “social engine” for the area, which is expected to grow significantly over the upcoming years. The scheme will contain approximately 260 apartments as well as a parking garage and an abundance of amenities, including a unique running track on the roof.

Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture + 14

Stefano Boeri Architetti Wins Competition for First Dutch Vertical Forest

16:00 - 6 July, 2017
© A2 Studio
© A2 Studio

Stefano Boeri Architetti’s next vertical forest project will be found in Utrecht, after the firm was selected as winners in an international competition for the construction of a new urban district in Jaarbeursboulevard. Dubbed the “Hawthrone Tower,” the first Dutch Vertical Forest will be one of two new high-rise towers to rise on the site in the Utrecht city center, located near the Utrecht Central Train Station, alongside a tower designed by Amsterdam-based MVSA studio.

The 90-meter-tall tower will be covered by 10,000 plants of different species (360 trees, 9,640 of shrubs and flowers), aimed at creating “an innovative experience of cohabitation between city and nature.” The green facade will allow Hawthorne Tower to absorb more than 5.4 tons of CO2, scrubbing the air for healthier living conditions for both residents of the tower and the wider city.

Post-Fossil City Contest's 10 Finalists Share Visions of A Sustainable Future

16:00 - 25 March, 2017
Post-Fossil City Contest's 10 Finalists Share Visions of A Sustainable Future, Courtesy of Urban Futures Studio
Courtesy of Urban Futures Studio

Utrecht University’s Urban Futures Studio have announced the 10 finalists for their Post-Fossil City Contest, judged by a jury which included MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. Each of the successful submissions responded to the contest’s call for the design of a sustainable city no longer reliant on non-renewable energy sources. Designers and makers were invited to envision this new future, which “will reshape our cities and everyday lives so radically that it is hard to imagine what it might feel, taste, smell, and look like.”

Out of the 250 total entries, below are the 10 selected finalists along with a snippet of their proposed futures as described by the competition website.

Moreelse Bridge / cepezed

13:00 - 6 March, 2017
Moreelse Bridge  / cepezed, © Leon van Woerkom
© Leon van Woerkom

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Leon van Woerkom      © Jannes Linders + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Ronald Schleurholts, Jochem Paauwe
  • Area

    3200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs