De Kuil, valley of connectivity
De Kuil aims to connect the urban developments and the social ambitions. The plan completes the Urban network and adds specific typologies and public spaces for target groups that have not been served in the Afrikaanderwijk. In addition to this de Kuil connects topographic elements of the location with the landscape of the courtyard.
The sheltered location in the bowl of the dike is the starting point for developing a unique identity for de Kuil.
By creating physical connections between the Paul Krugerstraat, Brede Hilledijk, the small park and the Jacominastraat we create enriched public spaces with a outspoken green personality for the residents and the neighbourhood to enjoy. This contrast connects the plan with the urban structure of the Afrikaanderwijk.
By sampling existing architectural elements of the Afrikaanderwijk the outer shell has a modern twist of connecting the facades to the surrounding streets.
De Kuil poses as tough and urban with this formal brick contour, but gives a kind and green heart to the neighbourhood. This green heart facilitates social interaction: residents and neighbours meet in a green sheltered inner area.
De Kuil connects social and demographic by adding different housing typologies that make the Afrikaanderwijk attractive for starters and families.
But the De Kuil is not only designed for people. by building with principles as nature inclusive and reinforcing existing ecological systems, Among others waterstoring and A for animals adjusted planting plan, we create a ecological connection. Birds and insects will find a suitable home.
With these strategies we connect sustainability with a healthy lifestyle. De Kuil looks forward, by connecting the plan to future developments and adding flexible building concepts. Parking lofts are transformable and can become houses with a garden. Home business typologies with a workshop at home prevent vacancy in the plinth.
In all areas in the plan we strive for connectivity. We connect neighbourhoods by finishing the urban network, connect the green, create height differences in the plan and offer a substantial amount of public space for encounters.
De Kuil connects to its surroundings with its appearance, however it is also the program in which we focus on a strong integration.