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Rijnvliet Oost Utrecht

Large urban block with refined detailing

In the southern part of Leidsche Rijn is the neighborhood of Rijnvliet. A neighborhood with lots of space for water and greenery, which is described as the New Garden Village. On the eastern edge of this residential area is a large apartment building on the side of the A2 motorway. The elongated residential building is located between the green Letschertweg on the west side and the Stadsbaan Leidsche Rijn.

 

The building consists of 6 floors and was designed by 3 architects: Zecc Architects was responsible for the southern court with 80 dwellings, INBO drew the central part and JVST designed the northern part of the plan

The building plan shields the low-rise houses from noise from the highway and has a deaf facade on the city lane side.

 

The building is divided into 3 spacious residential courtyards. The court by Zecc Architects and JVST are enclosed courts, and INBO designed a court that opens to the green west side. At ground level is a built parking facility, which is lined with housing. The lifted interior courtyards are therefore located on the 1st floor. Each courtyard has a different character, and in a few places there are cutouts for trees in the open ground and daylight in the parking facility.

The southernmost part of the residential building was designed by Zecc with the largest court. The sloping lines of the building block have been consistently continued in the design of the courtyard garden. This determines the line play of the paving, the formal language of the planting areas and the jagged edges as a transition with private zones of dwellings.

 

The noise-exposed facade was designed by Zecc from a fascination with more industrial buildings. The dwellings are not readable here and an abstract tessellation of brickwork, large steel glass panes over several floors and small window openings were chosen as variety. Behind this deaf facade is indoor access, where houses do receive daylight. These homes are strongly oriented toward the spacious courtyard with large windows and rounded balconies.

 

On Letscherweg, the building has a very different character. Here the building stands firmly in the green with a high plinth of 2-story dwellings, apartments with balconies and setbacks that stagger over two stories. The apartments in the plinth have their outdoor space on the second floor at the raised courtyard. In the spacious courtyard, some of the homes are accessed by a gallery. Large planters have been created with seating areas in the court. From the perennial planters, greenery can be guided along the construction of the gallery.

 

The facades are bricked in a thick format hand-formed brick. In the noise-exposed facades, the industrial atmosphere and coarse character is reinforced by the use of a 3-layer block bond. Other facades, on the other hand, use a more friendly bond. Vertically set back brickwork gives an extra vertical articulation in the façade on Letschertweg.

 

As a secondary facade material Resysta is used, a bio-based facade material based on rice husk. It is applied in blindly attached vertical parts at the location of the galleries and as a local filling of facade openings on the court side. This material gives an extra softening to the court due to its natural appearance.

 

Photografer: Stijn Poelstra fotografie & video

location:
Utrecht
category:
Housing
m2:
14.000
client:
Van Wanrooij Projectontwikkeling B.V.
Team:
Van Schijndel Bouwgroep, INBO, JVST
program:
80 apartments (mid-rent) as part of 198 apartments
period:
2019 - 2023
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