Alsop & Stormer is working with a dozen practices on a major housing scheme with canalside cafes and an outlandish landscape.
Around 1000 flats and homes will be built in north Holland's Groningen for the £195 million CiboGa project. The other practices include the Holland-based British firm of Studio 333 and around 10 Dutch practices. Alsop & Stormer will design some housing and all of the landscaping on the 1.2ha site, called 'Landscape of Behaviour', which will include star-gazing cones, a 'Jesus route', an 'astrological constellation boardwalk' and 'ceramic puddles'.
Some of the houses will have studio spaces for residents to work from home. Blocks of flats will be no higher than seven storeys, and the site will include two large supermarkets. Cafes will be built beside a canal that runs through the site, said Alsop & Stormer architect Catja de Hass.
The contaminated site is to be excavated for underground car parking for 900 cars. This will give the site varying levels, said de Hass.
Building work, divided into six phases and starting next year, is due to finish in 2005.