Het Platform

Utrecht, 2020

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Het Platform nominated for Roof of the Year 2019

Mixed-Use project Het Platform is not yet completed, but it is already nominated for the Award Roof of the Year 2019. The project counts four different communal roof terraces, each with a unique garden design inspired by the various landscapes of the Utrecht Province. The prize winners will be announced during a festive event on the 20th of March 2020.
Het Platform nominated for Roof of the Year 2019
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Het Platform is a new place in the center of Utrecht for living, working, eating, hanging out and working out. The building is constructed on top of a new bus and tram terminal, on the East side of Utrecht Central station. Het Platform is designed as a smart and sustainable MicroCity, aimed at a healthy lifestyle in an inspiring environment, with plenty of air, light and green.

 

VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism is responsible for the overall design. Construction started in 2017 and completion is expected in the beginning of 2020. In November 2019 the first trees have been planted on the roof terraces, an important step towards a truly nature-inclusive building.

Name:Het Platform
Location:Moreelsehoek, Utrecht. On top of the Uithoflijn tram and bus station and directly next to the train station
Program:15.000 m2 gfa living: 201 apartments and communal gardens. Around 4.000 m2 facilities, a.o. a foodcourt with public garden terrace, fitness, e-sports training facilities and bicycle parking.
Surface area:18.500 m2 gfa
Assignment:Competition concept and design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, aesthetic inspection of works
Period:2015-2020
Client:Het Platform B.V. (ABC Planontwikkeling + Westplan Investors) and the Municipality of Utrecht
Credits
Team:Ton Venhoeven, Cécilia Gross, Jos-WIllem van Oorschot, Danny Esselman, Arjen Zaal, Piotr Gierek, Tjeerd Hellinga, Nerea Sáenz Compañón, Lorenzo de Navascués Y Lauzet, Maria Ángeles Reinares San Martin, Max Fleer, Eliza Mante, Mai Henriksen, Louis van Wamel, Arjan Pot, Peter Rugebregt, Robin Boenning, Natasja Cvetkovic
Partners:

ABC Planontwikkeling (developer), Westplan Investors NV (financier),  ABC Nova (projectmanagement), IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs (advise), Bouw21(contractor), BAM Bouw en Techniek (table construction)

Images:VenhoevenCS, A2 Studio (renders), CU2030, Ossip van Duivenbode
 
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    Nature Inclusive

    When the Municipality of Utrecht decided on a new building at the eastern end of the Central Station area, it wanted the new project to contribute to a healthy urban life in this stony environment. Het Platform won the commission in 2015 with a comprehensive, holistic design concept by VenhoevenCS.

    One of the features of the design concept was to create the building as a green “springboard” for plants, animals and people, from the city centre green belt to the other side of the train tracks, where the municipality is also striving for high nature-inclusive ambitions. The Platform thus makes abundant use of roof gardens, terraces and balcony boxes. These are not only intended for users of The Platform, but also provide an attractive view for users and residents of the buildings around it.

    VenhoevenCS invited Bram Breedveld (landscape architect and co-founder of Landlab) for the garden designs. His planting concept is derived from the vegetation in the various landscapes of the Utrecht Province, with distinct vegetation on the different floors of the building: plants inspired by allotment gardens on the 1st floor, estate forest undergrowth on the 3rd floor, orchard meadows on the 6th and a hillside pine forest on the 8th floor. The plant species are very diverse and specially mixed to ensure optimum conditions for attracting insects. The extent to which birds will feel safe enough to reproduce here, is difficult to predict, but there is certainly enough food.
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    Building over tracks

    ‘Building over rail lines’ is a topical theme: In 2019 the Dutch Railway company (NS) and 4 major cities in the Netherlands signed an agreement to further investigate the possibilities. Technology and financial feasibility are no longer serious obstacles; In fact constructing above tracks actually offers opportunities. For example, creating a solution for the current housing shortage. Who doesn’t want to live and work in the heart of the city, close to public transport and all other facilities?

    For VenhoevenCS, building on and near stations has long been a focus point. The many studies into high-density development around stations, also known as transit oriented development, and various designs of autarkic Microcities illustrate this. As a government advisor on infrastructure, Ton Venhoeven advised on many projects regarding sustainable infrastructure and mobility networks.

    Het Platform, a perfect example of a building that was literally built on top of a station, will soon be completed. Multiple use of space was an important exponent of the integral sustainability strategy within this project. In addition to more than 200 apartments, the building includes facilities such as a restaurant, fitness, common bicycle parking and communal roof terraces. The realization of Het Platform fits within the vision of VenhoevenCS that the stimulation of public transport and pedestrian and bicycle traffic can contribute to a healthier living environment in the city.
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