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Zeewolde, 140 dwellings

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Maccreanor Lavington Architects

Zeewolde is a new town created on the Ijsselmeer polder in the 1970s with a population of 26,000.

The town is characterised by conflicts in scale between a large percentage of open space and a small built area, combined with the presence of large, uniformly planted rectangular plots of poplar trees that date from the period immediately after the polder was reclaimed.

A new housing area on the northern edge of town is currently being planned for 1000 dwellings in which the urban planner, Roy Bijhouwer of Quadrat, has introduced a seemingly outsized green space as a focus for the neighbourhood.

In this project the conflicts in scale are recognised by using a terrace- house typology that has a roof sloping towards the public space. In this way the elongated building volume appears to diminish in size on the one hand yet achieve a monumental quality through the use of an extended roof plane. In contrast, each house has an over-scaled dormer window articulating the individual house and referring simultaneously to the scale of the public space.

Client: Bimo Bouw bv

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