Wonderwoods Towers in Utrecht

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Wonderwoods Towers in Utrecht

Mixed-Use Building Development in Holland – design by Stefano Boeri Architetti and MVSA Architects

6 Jul 2017

Wonderwoods Towers

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Design: Stefano Boeri Architetti and MVSA Architects

Wonderwoods Towers in Utrecht

Wonderwoods Towers

The Healthy Urban Quarter on the Jaarbeursboulevard in the neighbourhood of Utrecht Station is to be developed by the development consortium G&S Vastgoed and Kondor Wessels Projecten. The consortium won the city council’s tender with its Wonderwoods plan. The plan addresses the ambitions of Utrecht city council to create a healthy urban lifestyle.

The concept is Happiness 2.0 and focuses on bringing nature back into the city to achieve a healthier quality of life. On behalf of the consortium, architecture offices Stefano Boeri Architetti and MVSA Architects signed up for the plan. The plan also includes Playlab, a public function that provides experiences for all ages at the cutting edge of technology (virtual reality and 3D) and visual arts. The plan is now being further elaborated.

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Alderman Victor Everhardt (station neighbourhood) said: “The Wonderwoods plan is an asset to the city. We will gain two unique residential towers that will embody the green, healthy and sustainable urbanization that we want to see in Utrecht, setting the tone for the new Beurskwartier.”

Two towers, one building
The Wonderwoods plan comprises two towers, 90m and 70m in height, that will be used for living, working, relaxing and entertainment. The highest tower is on the Croeselaan. This resembles a vertical forest, with the planting on the balconies and on the façade an intrinsic part of the design. Stefano Boeri Architetti and Arcadis will execute this part of the plan in consultation with Utrecht University’s Botanical Gardens. The tower of MVSA Architects on the Kinepolis cinema side has pleasing curves and abundant greenery inside. This can be seen from the outside because the atria open up to allow views into the building.

Wonderwoods presents attractive and accessible views from all sides, and the building fits in well with the rest of the area. On the one hand, it is robust, like the main office buildings in the area, and on the other its level of detail is designed to add aesthetic value at street level. The scheme forms a perfect transition between the station area and the future Beurskwartier.

Living, working, Playlab
Wonderwoods will include homes to buy or rent for various target groups, including housing for people working in the public sector and studio homes. In addition there are spaces for offices, health-oriented hospitality, fitness and yoga, small-scale retail, education, indoor bicycle parking, a small parking garage and the public function Playlab. Offering experiences for young and old at the cutting edge of technology (virtual reality and 3D) and visual arts, it is new in Utrecht.

From tender to first pile
In October 2016, the City of Utrecht announced its ambitions for the Healthy Urban Quarter at the Expo Real in Munich. Of the 20 consortia which submitted a vision, the city council chose four to develop their visions into plans. Last May, the four consortia submitted their schemes. The city council has now fully assessed the four plans and chosen the best one. A contract will shortly be agreed with the winning consortium of G&S Vastgoed and Kondor Wessels Projecten, specifying exclusivity and elaborating the plan into a final design. After that, construction can begin. Taking into account the necessary preparations and planning procedures, the first pile will be driven in 2019, with Wonderwoods ready for occupation in 2022.

Wonderwoods Towers

Wonderwoods Towers – Building Information

Development consortium
• G&S Vastgoed, Amsterdam
• Kondor Wessels Projects, Rijssen

• Stefano Boeri Architetti, Milan
• MVSA Architects, Amsterdam

• Happiness 2.0. It’s all about restoring nature to the city, creating a new balance in order to enable healthier living.

• Approximately 300 homes, of which approximately 40% are to buy and the remainder are to rent (including so-called key worker housing* and studio apartments)
• Approximately 27,000 m2 of commercial space, consisting of Playlab* (public function), offices, health-oriented catering, fitness and yoga, small-scale retail and education
• Approximately 200 parking spaces (including shared cars, shared parking)
• Approximately 2,500 indoor bicycle parking spaces (including shared bikes).

key worker housing
Affordable rental housing for people working in the public sector (including council workers, educators, police, firefighters, care workers) in the City of Utrecht, who make an essential contribution to local society.

• Cultural public function in Wonderwoods.
• A total experience for all ages at the cutting edge of technology (virtual reality and 3D), visual arts and popular culture.

• BREAAM certification
• Ambition: energy-neutral building
• 1,500 m2 of solar panels are installed on the building
• PV system, collective thermal storage, triple glass, smart building*

Smart building
A building that registers and directly responds to its users in the area of sustainable technologies.

• WELL certification
• Fitness, yoga and other sports and game facilities around the building
• Healthy catering concepts
• Excellent green amenities in and around the building.

Green and Biodiversity
The plan is based on:
• 360 trees
• 9,640 bushes and shrubs
• 10,000 plants
• 30 different species (birds, bats, butterflies, bees, bumblebees, hoverfies)
• 1 ha woodland and 2 ha scrub (6 football fields) over the two buildings
• 5,400 kg CO2 capture per year
• 41,400 kg of oxygen produced per year
• Particulate-matter pollution capture, to counter urban heat effect (heat stress)
• Irrigation through collected rainwater from own and surrounding roof surfaces.

• Preliminary design: beginning 2018
• Final design: summer 2018
• Request environmental permit: autumn 2018
• Soil reduction and start construction: spring 2019
• Delivery expected in 2022.

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