Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum, Dutch Gasworks Site Housing, Architecture Photos, Architects

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Former Site of Regional Energy Supply Company: New Buildings in The Netherlands – design by Mecanoo

17 Jul 2018

Masterplan Villa Industria

Architects: Mecanoo

Location: Hilversum, The Netherlands

Masterplan Villa Industria

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

With its characteristic industrial buildings, the former site of the Regional Energy Supply Company in Hilversum has always had its own identity. The gasworks site was originally situated outside the city perimeter, but gradually became enclosed by residential developments. With the relocation of the gasworks, the opportunity arose to redevelop the site and give it a new name: Villa Industria.

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Mecanoo created a masterplan for 357 homes – partly affordable housing, partly owner-occupied, small-scale businesses and sporting facilities. Inspired by the industrial heritage of the site, the area has a recognisable identity once again.

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Green environment
The urban plan prioritises public space for pedestrians and cyclists. Recessed parking throughout the site frees up space for a green environment with water features and a centrally located park.

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

An eye-catching ensemble of three cylindrical residential buildings refers to the old gasometers which once stood on the site. The existing swimming pool has been reclad in brick, steel and glass, so it fits the aesthetics of the new building. Robust steel columns support a new sports hall and fitness centre which has been built on top of the swimming pool.

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Modern homes with semi-circular roofs are situated on the site of a former warehouse with a similar shape. The buildings at the perimeter of Villa Industria have the same height as the surrounding residential area. The courtyards consist of private gardens with an intimate character.

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Coherence and diversity
The architecture of Villa Industria has a harmonious materialisation, a sculptural design language, and industrial detailing. Cool materials, such as steel and glass are combined with warm materials like red to red-brown bricks with subtle relief.

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

The application of the same bricks for each building creates coherence, whilst variations in the brick sizes and masonry techniques, ornaments and special objects provide diversity. The details of each building refer to the particular history of the gasworks site and contribute to the industrial character of the new neighbourhood.

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Masterplan Villa Industria, Hilversum – Building Information

Architects: Mecanoo
Size: 74,000 sqm
Design: 2004 – 2015 (phased delivery)
Realisation: 2007 – 2018 (phased delivery)
Client: Heijmans, Amersfoort; De Alliantie, Hilversum, the Netherlands.
Structural engineer: ABT b.v., Delft; Goudstikker de Vries, Almere, the Netherlands
Mechanical and electrical engineer: Viac Installatieadviseurs, Houten, the Netherlands
Building physics consultant: Nex2us, Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands
Artist: Berend Strik, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Programme: Masterplan for 357 dwellings, 400 sqm small-scale businesses, and 4,000 sqm sports facilities, a total of 74,000 sqm

Awards: 1st prize competition

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum

Photography: Mecanoo architecten

Masterplan Villa Industria in Hilversum images / information received July 2018

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