Het Platform Community Building, Holland, Utrecht Mixed-Use Development, Dutch Building Architecture Images

Het Platform Community Building in Utrecht

3 July 2020

Het Platform Community Building

Architects: VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Het Platform, a mixed-use community building right next to Utrecht Central station, was recently completed and all new residents have moved in. The building combines 201 rental apartments with a large number of collective facilities, including a bike parking, commercial spaces for fitness and a restaurant, and many “sticky spaces” for social encounters.

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

The building has been designed as a MicroCity; an innovative concept for buildings and neighborhoods. By offering a mix of complementary functions it creates opportunities to enhance the post-carbon circular economy. By reducing mobility needs as well, the MicroCity concept contributes strongly to making cities truly sustainable.

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

Nature-inclusive
Het Platform is one of the first realized nature-inclusive residential buildings at this scale in the Netherlands. It is like a natural landscape within the city: with a wide variety of plants and trees in its façade planters and four different roof gardens, the building strengthens local biodiversity.

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

The planting plan by Studio LandLab is based on landscapes in the province of Utrecht. With a rich floral mix and successively flowering trees, such as the honey tree and the magnolia, the building is in bloom a great part of the year to attract birds and insects. The roof gardens are essential components of the building program and offer fantastic views over the station area and the historical city center.

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

Building over tracks
As Het Platform is constructed on top of the new Uithoflijn tram and bus terminal, the total program of more than 18,000 sqm has a minimum footprint of only 170 m2 at ground level. To solve the many engineering challenges, an ingenious custom-made lightweight steel construction with 3D trusses was developed and integrated with the first floors of the building. With this smart solution, the building required half the amount of steel and concrete.

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

After careful relocation during a period of strict corona measures, the building is now fully inhabited and the greenery has started to grow and bloom. Soon the Alienware Training Facility of famous e-sports organization Team Liquid will also open in Het Platform – the green and inviting building in the busiest part of The Netherlands.

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

Het Platform Community Building, Utrecht – Building Information

Architects: VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism

Location: Moreelsehoek, Utrecht (NL)
Program: 201 appartementen, 4.000 m2 voorzieningen, collectieve fietsenstalling, gemeenschappelijke buitenruimte

Architect: VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism
Client: ABC Vastgoed and the Municipality of Utrecht

Het Platform Community Building Utrecht

Photos: Ossip van Duivenbode

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