Municipality of Groningen
900 residential units
9,000 m2 mixed-use space
1000 underground parking places
S333 was commissioned to assist the municipality of Groningen to develop a new masterplan for the CiBoGa terrain, a 14ha industrial site that lies close to the city centre.
The masterplan is based on five organising principles: (1) to cap the polluted ground with underground parking (2) to convert existing industrial buildings for new public uses (3) to create a mix of live/work residential units (4) to support the residential accommodation with shops and collective functions (5) to create a strong, clear identity for the landscape and public spaces.
The masterplan proposes 13 ‘schotsen’ - compact residential blocks with collective internal courtyards – that float in open landscape that connects the Noorderplantzoen city park to the Oosterhamrikkanaal.
The ambition for the open landscape is to promote broad and active use, to improve the ecological quality and to ensure that local residents are the main users of the site. Industrial buildings on the site are restored and rented out for cultural activities.
The masterplan has since become a national pilot scheme and demonstration project for sustainable urban renewal in the Netherlands and was nominated for the DIFA-Awards 2004 ‘City Development Prize’.
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