‘Superblock’ is the result of a design study in which three large volumes together form a substantial and efficient urban block of nearly 40,000m2. We conducted a feasibility study to find out what possibilities the transformation of the existing buildings could offer. Municipal policy dictated some clear preconditions such as a fixed building line on one side and an open relation with the public domain on the other. The studies were done with different types of program: housing, offices, hotel, commercial space, parking etc. For ten models, all possible combinations were explored, drawn and modeled.
The superblock has a traditional structure with three layers: high plinth that regulates the connection with the public space on ground floor level, a base of 5 to 7 layers and on top several height accents up to 70 meters. What makes the superblock interesting is the way it is accessed: on the ground floor, against the back facade, a continuous expedition street not only gives direct access to all functions, it also allows for a car-free public area in the front.
Program Mixed use: housing, offices, hotel, commercial, parking
Status Feasibility study
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