Leiden, The Netherlands
Client: Ymere, Proper-Stok, SLS
Type: urban planning, development framework
Location: Lammenschanspark, Leiden
Plot: 45.0000 m2, 460 ha
Status: invited competition
Designteam: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
Projectteam: Monika Pieroth, Wouter Hermanns, Stijn de Jongh, Pim van Oppenraaij
Engineering: Jean-Marc Saurer
Sustainability: Uta Ehrhardt
In cooperation with: Karres en Brands landschapsarchitecten
Today many large developments are partially on hold because of the current economical situation. There’s a need for new spatial strategies that makes gradually transformation possible. Can we achieve this by composing an urban plan out of collective small-scale initiatives without losing a strong, coherent identity? Inspired on the typical ‘Leidse Block’ all the functions, dynamics and experiences of a city are captured in one single plot, a compressed city. This is the Intensive City Plot. Small blocks made up of different building typologies and functions can be developed into an Intensive City Plot. The boundary between private and public is subtle,
the street scene is distinctive and there are meeting places at all levels.
The diversity of functions and the sensitive urban texture create a continuous use during the day. That is why the Intensive City plot feels and works like a city, lively and exciting with all amenities right round the corner. By integrating valuable elements the identity for the location is maintained, encouraging an affinity for the area. Because of the surplus area of the City plots, they can be intensified and become adaptable to change with time. This makes the plots in Lammenschanspark invaluable and functional, perpetuating their life cycle.