2010 // Hoograven - Utrecht, Netherlands
*The Rietveld Retrofit is a continuation of the Hoograven // Urban Rehab project in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
// Project Architect
with SLiK Architekten
The Robijnhof area of Hoograven was designed in the 50's by Gerrit Rietveld, with public spaces designed independently by BJ Galijaard, then a landscape architect with the Parks Department. Recently, many of the buildings in the district of Hoograven, including the Robijnhof, have been declared unfit for continued use. The main challenges include failing building systems, accessibility issues, and safety concerns. A Tabula Rasa approach of demolition and new construction would disrupt the existing social fabric of the predominantly Moroccan and Turkish population.
The goal of the Rietveld Retrofit project is to address the immediate problems facing the physical structure of the buildings while preserving the social fabric and revitalizing the neighborhood with additional living space, public amenities, and program.
The project takes the form of a series of prefabricated prototype units that plug in to the existing housing units. New building systems and spaces are then inserted into each apartment from these units - building infrastructure, kitchen unit, bathroom, expanded living space, and expanded bedroom space. Each unit is attached to new exterior circulation, providing simpler access to each unit. This outdoor circulation is then connected to a single elevator bank, eliminating the need for multiple elevator banks in each building. The ground plane is also improved through a series of new public spaces and amenities. Automobile circulation and parking are reorganized to make existing exterior space available for new uses.
This process of minimal change for maximum impact would allow each family to remain in their apartment for the majority of the renovation. The new add-ons improve aging building systems, (poor) excess circulation, security, and comfort.
Architect: Urban Think Tank - Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner
U-TT Project Architect: Michael Contento, Lindsey Sherman
SLiK Architekten GmbH: Steffen Lemmerzahl, Ramias Steinemann, Lukas Kueng
SLiK Project Team: Valentina Coppo
Landscape Architect: Topotek1