Het Platform

Utrecht, 2020

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Het Platform

News: December 9, 2019

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

News: November 26, 2019

First trees on the roof of Het Platform

Friday November 8th, Arjen Zaal (VenhoevenCS) and Marc van den Boom (Bouw21) planted the first trees on one of the four roof terraces of Het Platform. An important step towards a truly nature-inclusive building in the centre of Utrecht.   One of the features of the design concept for Het Platform was to create a building that acts 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. Het Platform thus makes abundant use of roof gardens, terraces and balcony boxes and green facades. These are not only intended for users of Het Platform, but also provide an attractive view for users and residents of the buildings around it.   VenhoevenCS invited LandLab for the garden designs. The planning concept is derived from the vegetation in the various landscapes of the Utrecht Province: plants inspired by allotment gardens on the 1st floor, estate forest undergrowth on the 3rd floor, orchard meadows on the 6th and a hillside forest on the 8th floor. The plant species are very diverse and specially mixed to ensure optimum conditions for attracting insects. The coming weeks all roofs will be provided with vegetation.   Foto credits: CU2030
First trees on the roof of Het Platform
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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
 
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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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