Leiden (NL), 2013
17 March 2015 | News
Excursion Innovation in Housing and Care
Vision & Research | Social impulse of multimodal and public mixed use projects
"shared use of interior streets and meeting spaces offer the opportunity for social contact and cultural exchange"
The lively De Kooi neighbourhood of Leiden is to become the site of the new centre of Leiden North. Het Gebouw is the pilot project of the new centre. The most diverse social and community accommodations are gathered together in a building that stimulates multiple use of space and functions and reactivates the social life of the neighbourhood. Het Gebouw houses three primary schools, day nurseries, care organisations, a public library, community centre and sports facilities. But also appartments, housing for the elderly and mentally disabled. This makes Het Gebouw the first step into a new, vital and life cycle proof part of the city.
A central square lies at the heart of the plan. All the different elements of the program can be found in shops and niches surrounding it. For the design of the central square we used examples from the most beautiful ancient cities in the world. This lively meeting point will both be the heart of the neighborhood and house the community complex and is suitable for highly diverse events such as performances, film nights, political gatherings and neighbourhood parties.Related News & Media Download PDF