Nieuw Leyden

For the inner city of Leiden, MVRDV designed an urban plan of 670 dwellings. Half of the new housing was developed within the framework of so-called private client agreements, with the rest as public housing. The urban plan gives strict parameters to ensure the relative cohesive context of the urban grid, but at the same time offers enough flexibility for consumer-driven developments. MVRDV engaged for 10 years in the project.

FACTS

Location: Leiden, The Netherlands

Year: 2005-2013

Client: Nieuw Leyden CV

Program: 16 ha, 670 dwellings

Budget: Undisclosed

 

Visit

New Leyden is a residential area, please respect the privacy of its inhabitants and enjoy the architecture by the often young offices who realised homes here.

Address: Slachthuislaan 31, Leiden, the Netherlands http://www.nieuwleyden.nl

 

About

For the inner city of Leiden, MVRDV designed an urban plan for 670 dwellings. Half of the new housing will be developed within the framework of so-called private client- and consumer-driven developments. The urban plan gives strict parameters to ensure the relative cohesive context of the urban grid, but at the same time offers enough flexibility for consumer-driven developments.

Within the fields with the joined, individually designed houses, a new inner-city environment is created in addition to the existing surrounding neighbourhoods. The urban framework is designed in a way that it guarantees the largest freedom possible in filling in the plots. Along the main road (the Willem de Zwijger Boulevard) a series of characteristic buildings are developed with a mixed and diverse programme, such as housing, retail and education.

 

Credits

MVRDV is the urban masterplanner of New Leyden. The buildings pictured are not designed by MVRDV but by different architects and the inhabitants of the homes. The more classic style homes are developed by a housing corporation.

 

Design: MVRDV - Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries

Design Team: Nathalie de Vries, Stefan Witteman, Renske van der Stoep, Joana Gomes, Martine Vledder and Victoria Bennetzen

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