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Wisselspoor Housing

A collaboration with MeesVisser and ZECC

Location: Utrecht, NL
Client: Synchroon, Zoetermeer
Program: Housing
Gross floor area: 4.300 m2
Project team: Gijs Baks, Stijn de Weerd, Remi Versteeg, Joost Baks, Rolf van der Leeuw, Jelmer van der Zelm, Vadim Varnerot

Structural engineer: Strackee, Amsterdam
MEP engineer: DPA Cauberg-Huygen, Amsterdam
Urban design: Studio Ninedots, Amsterdam
Landscape design: Delva, Amsterdam
Contractor: Gebroeders Blokland, Hardinxveld





On the edge of the historic city centre of Utrecht, tucked away between the railway and the Daalsebuurt lays the former Werkspoor factory yard. In the coming years this area will be transformed to a new energy neutral housing district. For the first phase of this urban project Space Encounters was asked by Synchroon to design a series of housing types ranging from single family houses to an apartment block.

By eliminating the typical corridor space from the ground floor plan a simple yet spacious enfilade layout is created consisting of a garden room in the back and a living kitchen on the street side.

Both rooms are joined by a service zone containing several amenities and storage space. This generic typology provides maximum flexibility.

For the exterior the new master plan prescribed that all individual houses were to be materialised as part of larger ensembles. By slightly blurring the distinction between the whole and its parts the attention is shifted from the individual to the collective, providing these relatively small housing blocks with a solid urban presence.