Van Ommeren architecten and Thijs Asselbergs architectuurcentrale collaborated with landscape architects, VLUGP, to create an urban framework for more than 550 dwellings. This framework acts as a toolbox of urban and architectural principles that aim to integrate housing, public space, mobility, and climate and noise adaptation into a cohesive and liveable plan.
The Het Nieuwe Noord is defined by its surroundings, with building heights varying from four stories along the Wijkermeerstraat, to nine stories along the N201 northern edge, responding to the size and scale of its context. Along the Hoofdvaart canal, the building line is deliberately setback to give room to the large trees along the road. A central axis, or ‘green corridor’, forms an open sightline to the Hoofdvaart and acts as a car-free space where children can play and local residents can meet.
Within the ensemble, four zones have been created with their own distinct characteristics that relate to their context and scale: the N201 northern edge, Hoofdvaart, Wijkermeerstraat and the ‘green corridor’. For each zone, specific approaches to architectural massing, articulation, silhouette, plinth & entrances and exterior spaces are defined to create recognizability and diversity within the ensemble.
Brick masonry in a palette of earthy tones forms the basis of the facades and is used to create a cohesive and recognizable ensemble as well as massing for a comfortable interior acoustic climate. Differentiation in facade rhythm, color and plasticity create refined and tactile architecture.