The agencies created a layered plan with a matryoshka-like structure, with the slaughterhouse dating from 1907 centrally located on a new square. The former abattoir has been transformed into a pop center in recent years. A 400-meter-long pergola borders the square and marks the transition to the front gardens of the houses.
The residential program consists of 120 ‘monotypological’ terraced houses and 162 homes that vary in size and access principles. Inspired by the surrounding working-class neighborhood, a lot of attention has been paid to the design around the residential entrances. Collective elements such as stairwells, communal roof gardens and the pergola are intended as a binding agent for the neighborhood. The square also functions as a ‘shared space’, intended for meetings, sports, games and events.
The starting point for the design was to ensure that cars dominate the public space as little as possible. Parking pockets are provided at the edges of the plan, and parking garages are located under the collective gardens. Only local traffic is welcome on the square, for example logistics transport for the pop center in the former slaughterhouse.
Climate adaptation and ecology
Climate adaptation and ecology also play a role in the plan. The water and vegetation structures ensure that birds, insects and mammals can also find a place in the area, while they also contribute to water retention. Nest boxes are integrated into masonry facades, which derive their design from the type of facade vegetation that is provided. The facade gardens and the edges of the plan are again used for water buffering.
“The integral water system ensures that rainwater is retained, can be used, can infiltrate and is drained when necessary. Each home has its own water tap for rainwater, which increases awareness about water in the neighborhood. In addition, the use of solar panels, heat and cold storage and the facilitation of shared cars and cargo bikes create a sustainable, future-proof new part of the city,” the agencies said.