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Development plan, Leidsche Rijn

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Maccreanor Lavington Architects

Langerak 2 is the second phase of a large city extension totalling 30,000 dwellings to be realised on the edge of the City of Utrecht. The Urban Planner Kees Christiaanse defined a number of building fields clearly separated from other building fields by elements of landscape. Maccreanor Lavington's plan occupies two of these fields that, in the urban planner's view, should have an architecturally specific character different from surrounding fields and should be experienced as an element of the larger landscape.

The region has numerous small villages and farms formed of clusters of buildings where the roof predominates and brick walls join all the disparate parts. These clusters became a reference point for the project with houses and their associated outbuildings, such as garages and stores, arranged in short terraces around semi-private yard-like spaces which lead into an informal public garden at the centre of the building field.

The completed project will be shown in the Expo in Hanover in 2000 as part of an exhibition demonstrating energy-conscious design.

Client: Bouwfonds Fortis

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