deep urbanity

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  • project: Dordrecht Deep Urbanity
  • Client: Municipality of Dordrecht
  • designteam: Harmen van de Wal, Smahan Amrach, Sofia Fernandes
  • Start of design: November 2005
  • Program: Urban block with 232 dwellings and parking garage
  • Location: Dordrecht Stadswerven
  • The city of Dordrecht, known to have one of the most beautiful Dutch old citycenters, plans to extend its center towards a former harbour. The municipality commissioned Krill to study on an elaboration of one of the building blocks in the urban masterplan of this extension. The main objective was to realise an identity resembling the old city center without reaching back to the so called pre-modern building styles. We strongly believe it is possible to create this atmosphere of ‘deep urbanism’ with modern means. To achieve this we defined three major design principles;
    – All outdoor spaces not integrated in a building are collective
    – A collective parking garage is seen as intrinsic part of the collective space
    – Architecture is prepared to undergo an endles range of changes, even those not foreseen.

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