HOOGRAVEN // URBAN REHAB
2009 // Hoograven - Utrecht, Netherlands
Utrecht Manifest // Hoograven Invites You!
// Project Architect
* This project is part of the Utrecht Manifest, a biannual cultural event for social design held in Utrecht, Netherlands. Utrecht Manifest explores the development of contemporary design from a socio-political perspective. An integral part of Utrecht Manifest 2009 was Hoograven Invites You, a research project in social urban design under the direction of Urban-Think Tank. For this, an investigation was carried out into the development opportunities of the Utrecht district of Hoograven.
Urban Rehab // Hoograven
The neighborhood of Hoograven presents a situation where predominate planning practices have favored the “tabula rasa.” These conditions have not been able to accommodate flexible and dynamic growth. The urban condition now needs a new logic of density, hybridity and informality.
New urban interventions should become catalysts for responsible, effective and adaptable growth within Hoograven/Utrecht. This will also allow them to serve as conceptual prototypes; not only for Hoograven, but for future interventions beyond its boundaries within the broader urban context.
The proposal follows this new spirit of urban intervention with physical appropriation, hybridity, production and adaptive reuse. Here Urban-Think Tank presents a contemporary vision for the city of Hoograven through three HotSpots: URBAN REHAB.
HotSpot 01 provides a new art and cultural campus for the neighborhood of Hoograven. This proposal revitalizes the existing industrial zone through the introduction of the HKU, new student and faculty housing with dedicated commercial zones, the renovation of the Pastoefabriek, and an integrated artpark. A new running track also weaves through the site, connecting these diverse programs to each other and to the existing fabric of Hoograven.
existing industrial site provides a unique and inspiring setting for the new
location of the HKU. The introduction of the art campus acts as an extension of
the artistic production of the Pastoefabriek, creating an environment for the
interchange of all arts while simultaneously transforming the static industrial
zone into a flexible, adaptive and productive cultural node. In this hybrid
node, art will be a cultural, social and economic foundation for Hoograven.
network of interconnected apartment units, courtyards, and towers there exists
a mixture of residential, commercial, community, gallery and parking zones.
Apartments of various sizes and configurations accommodate both students and
faculty and adapt over time to produce informal and flexible spaces. This
produces multiple living conditions to accommodate specific needs. An activated roofscape is added to the Pastoefabriek
creating new circulation, gallery spaces and connections to the new HotSpot
is a connective tissue that reaches into the art campus and the residential
surroundings of the community. While the
ArtPark intervention extends across the site, its nucleus consists of the important
relocation of community gardens and divers zones of play, performance and art. The new pathways of the ArtPark provide
multiple means of exploration and connectivity.
existing warehouses on site are utilized through careful manipulation and are transformed into the new
educational zones of the HKU campus. A
performance bar, academic tower, production bar, gallery bar and studio tower
organize the school’s facilities into a dense and enriching cultural atmosphere
for students and visiting artists. HKU´s relocation provides the stimulus to
rehabilitate the character of the entire area and create a dynamic and engaging
New flexible expansion “jackets” rehabilitate and extend the existing housing units. The jacket provides increased insulation, new water infrastructure, gallery circulation, balconies [both public and private] and opportunities for growth. The addition of the jacket allows for the building to be rehabilitated without relocating residents. The urban experience is densified and intensified through the insertion of new commercial spaces and a souk.
The three existing blocks – Huize de Geerlaan, Oudegein Laan and Robijnhof - require adaptation to meet the necessities of their current inhabitants who often have unique and diverse family structures. An updated vision for Hoograven requires adaptive and flexible housing integrated into a dynamic urban fabric of mixed-use spaces.
Housing is improved through a prefabricated kit-of-parts system that is attached to the existing housing blocks. Through the addition of this jacket, apartments are expanded and renovated without disturbing the existing configuration or even requiring residents to be relocated. The jackets are also tied into an elevated platform and landscape/circulation system within the housing block.
The souk pairs a commercial street with social housing apartments in an open structure inspired by Moroccan markets. The new building helps to create a cohesive urban system linking the new commerce in the surrounding areas. The souk interacts with the neighboring mosque and landscape, establishing an activated community gathering place.
HopSpot 03 provides a dynamic sports hub that consists of a Vertical Gymnasium, skate park, renovated rowing club and activated pedestrian walkway. The elevated pathway connects the various programs on the site while providing access to each zone. This intensifies the waterfront experience along the canal and generates increased recreational opportunities while allowing the waterfront to be enjoyed by pedestrians. The skate park is placed within an existing wall, adapting a lost structure for a new vibrant purpose.
Through the re-use of the existing facilities and introduction of added program, the new activated waterfront provides the inhabitants of Hoograven with a variety of recreational opportunities to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Participation in sports encourages community cohesion, providing a common interest to people from diverse backgrounds.
Based on an adaptive prototype that utilizes density and hybridity, the Vertical Gymnasium has been specifically customized to Hoograven. Rather than being distributed throughout the neighborhood, the different features - basketball court, volleyball court, football field, running track, rowing club extension and restaurant - are placed vertically, providing a concentration of different activities in a single center.
Architect: Urban Think Tank - Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner
Project Architects: Michael Contento, Lindsey Sherman
Project Team: Zachary Aders, Rajiv Fernandez, Carlos Guimaraes, Emily Johnson, Lea Rufenacht, Allison Schwartz