Shortly after MVRDV unveiled their “improvising” high-rise development in Rotterdam, the practice announced their winning scheme for a mixed-use redevelopment called Nieuw Bergen, around Deken van Someren Street in Eindhoven. Designed for client SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels), the scheme is a “contemporary and progressive” development driven by a “visible sustainability ethos”, MVRDV says. Currently, the approximately 29,000 m2 project comprises seven jagged buildings that will offer 240 new residential units, a 1,700m2 commercial program, and 270m2 of urban farming space and underground parking.
MVRDV shared more details about the proposal below.
“Nieuw Bergen combines the values of renovated and transformed buildings with new constructions. [...] The urban strategy applied here is based on the knowledge and innovation necessary for establishing a sustainable, pleasant and dynamic living environment for future residents.
Imaginary planes at 45-degree angles are drawn from the footprint of neighboring residential buildings, which leads to natural light principles that result in unpredictable building forms with jagged silhouettes, [and] a modern and optimistic atmosphere. At the same time, these refer to traditional pitched roofs.”
“The 45-degree angle results in maximum sunlight for both houses and public space hence creating an optimum environment resulting in significant energy savings. The oblique roof planes are ideally suited for installing solar panels and also accommodate green roofs. This concept is an evolution of the urban strategy tool MVRDV has been developing and actively applies in cities in need of sustainable densification.”
“Individual buildings within Nieuw Bergen are different, yet they collectively form a family of buildings that fit into the existing context like a mosaic. The sloping, solar-paneled green roofs reinforce this diversity and create a varied roof landscape. Angled roofs are less visible from the ground floor and result in a more intimate city.
Collective gardens and greenhouses with lamella roof structures crown a number of buildings. A conscious choice of neutral colors and textured materials with subtle differences inform the striking glazed ceramic facades.”
“Other façade materials incorporate stone, wood and concrete elements and the color palette varies from white to grey, shiny to rough. Wall openings also follow this diverse architecture and varied positioned balconies with generous outdoor spaces create a vivid and attractive living environment.”
“‘Natural light plays a central role in Nieuw Bergen, as volumes follow a strict height limit and a design guideline that allows for the maximum amount of natural sunlight, views, intimacy and reduced visibility from street levels,” MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs said. ‘Pocket parks also ensure a pleasant distribution of greenery throughout the neighborhood and create an intimate atmosphere for all.’”
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