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Cartess - Utrecht, NL

Urban regions are economically viable if they provide space for people's flows, knowledge, and goods. These characteristics are grounded in our proposal. They contribute to the new urban economy.

For the Cartesius area, a former rail maintenance depot, our team envisioned a new, progressive green city district, right in the centre of Utrecht. Green living, health, a flowing economy, and sustainability are the focal points of the district. Various solutions concerning energy, waste, and sustainability have been integrated into the masterplan.

The heart of the plan is a green and diverse park/garden zone. Within the urban blocks lining the central green, public spaces have been materialised in a rich and diverse manner, creating different atmospheres within the plan. A subtle grain running through the building volumes generates various informal spaces throughout, both in plan and section.

Key themes





Urban regions are economically viable if they provide space for people's flows, knowledge and goods. A vital economy also requires diversity, good education, innovation and experimentation. These ingredients land in Cartess and contribute to the new urban economy.





Cartess is a new, progressive green city district, right in the center of Utrecht. Green living, health, a flowing economy and sustainability are the focal point of the district.





Various energy, waste and other sustainable solutions have been intergrated in the masterplan.




Public space has been materialized in a rich and divers manner. Creating different atmospheres in the plan






A subtle grain for the building volumes generates various informal spaces throhought, both in plan and section.





The landscaping concept addresses the various conditions with specific green space designs, linked to the overarching sustainable networks.





A range of typologies is proposed.
From compact studios with shared services to royal apartments with large outside spaces. But also four layer citydwellings and maisonnettes with large terraces located at the park side. This mix of housing types will create a mixed neighborhood and will allow habitants to switch livings within their own neighborhood.



Project data

NameCartess - Utrecht, NL
PlaceUtrecht, NL
Area150.000 m²
Year2018
Statussettled
ClientAalberts, AM, Blauwhoed, BOEi
CollaborationsBAM energy systems, Bureau Bouwfysica, Bureau voor Gebiedscommunicatie, Dekfordt, DGMR, Exponent, Greenhouse Advies, IF Technology, Klimaatgarant, Metron Bouwadvies, MRKWRDG, Realfort, Regelink Advies, The Missing Link, Urban Connectors, Van Voorden Bouwadvies, Vianen Bouwadvies, Vlaming Erfgoed
Design collaborationsurbanism; Plein06
architecture and urbanism; Barcode Architects
sustainable architecture and urbanism; Fabrications
urbanism and landscape; Felixx
architecture and transformation; Next Architects
renders; ToBeWAXed
graphic design; Mattmo creative
Design teamJaakko van 't Spijker, Jesse Wijnen, Ilse Janmaat, Federica Giannone, Julio Gil Farina, Zoe Kokoia, Daan Hens
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