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Intense Low-Rise

Completion
Invited Competition 2009 results undisclosed
Team
Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, Joost Lemmens and Ayelet Kamar Erez
Client
Nijestee Groningen
Type
Housing
Location
Oosterhamrikkanaal Groningen, The Netherlands
Size
178 dwellings

At the invitation of building corporation Nijestee, NEXT architects has participated in the Intense Low-Rise manifestation, an initiative of the Municipality of Groningen to identify options for increased urban population density. The manifestation presents 52 designs for 30 locations in existing urban areas and offers a realistic study as a response to the current national debate: how do we optimize the use of city space to decrease the pressure on rural areas? 
 
The project is located on a former industrial site at the periphery of the city center. The site is characterized by the schizophrenic conditions of a very attractive west side on the waterfront and a problematic east side with elevated infrastructures. NEXT architects developed a strategy to maximize the experience of the waterfront with the simple gesture to extend the west façade. This creates a variety urban areas as well as a diversity of housing types.