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Princess Máxima Centre for Child Oncology / LIAG Architects

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

Superlofts Blok Y / Marc Koehler Architects

© 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?

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

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

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  680
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: De Groot en Visser

De Verkenner Tower / Mei architects and planners

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

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

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 AwardsHighly Commended: Casa de Los Vientos / José Luis Muñoz. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture AwardsHighly Commended: Fort Vechten Waterline Museum / Studio Anne Holtrop. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture AwardsHighly 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

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.

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Peter Pichler Architecture Wins Competition for Looping Towers in The Netherlands

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.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti Wins Competition for First Dutch Vertical Forest

© 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

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

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Utrecht Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects

© Jannes Linders© Jannes Linders© Your Captain Luchtfotografie © Jannes Linders+ 17

House of Rolf / Studio Rolf.fr + Niek Wagemans

© Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink© Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink© Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink© Christel Derksen & Rolf Bruggink+ 26

A.S.R Headquarters Renovation / Team V Architectuur

© Herman de Winter© Jannes Linders© Jannes Linders© Jannes Linders+ 36

Castellum Hoge Woerd / SKETS architectuurstudio

© John Lewin Marshall© John Lewin Marshall© John Lewin Marshall© John Lewin Marshall+ 25

Renovation of a 30's Row House / Lab-S

© Suzanne Paap © Suzanne Paap © Suzanne Paap © Suzanne Paap + 25

  • Architects: Lab-S
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Thoreau's Cabin / cc-studio

© John Lewis Marshall© John Lewis Marshall© John Lewis Marshall© John Lewis Marshall+ 20

Train Control Centre Utrecht / de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects

© Christian Richters© Christian Richters© Christian Richters© Christian Richters+ 26

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4480
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: De Vorm