Linde Housing
Leidsche Rijn

Project Data
Commission

Client
Municipality of Utrecht
Design
1994
Program
140 dwellings
Site area
4.5 ha

Project overview
S333 was one of ten architects selected to develop housing proposals for part of Leidsche Rijn, a new district of Utrecht, where, 80,000 houses will be built by 2025. The development is being designed as individual neighbourhoods, rather than to an overall masterplan. This approach will allow urban planners and architects to accommodate new developments during the lengthy development process.

S333 based its approach on the traditional Dutch ‘linde’ house (a farm house on a long, narrow plot of land) as a means to establish a dense organisation of streets, bordered by large family houses. Large, private back gardens open onto collective play areas for children, which also act as wadis where rainwater can flow and be collected after heavy rains.

The results of this work were used to assist in the initial decision-making processes between developers, the local community and the local municipalities.




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