MVRDV and SDK
Selected to Design the Niew Bergen, a sustainable mixed use building in Eindhoven
FACTS Practice | MVRDV and SDK Vastgoed Location | Eindhoven, The Netherlands Year | 2017+ Programme & Size | 28,700m2 mixed-use residences with 242 apartments (sale and rental), 1,700 m2 commercial units, 270m2 Urban farming and underground parking
MVRDV and SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) have been revealed as the winners of a competition for the redevelopment of the inner city area of Eindhoven, which is set to become a sustainable and innovative residence development combining urban and green qualities in the neighborhood of Bergen. The design approach reflects Eindhoven’s status as a city of innovation, design and technology.
The 29,000sqm project of seven buildings will include 240 new homes, 1,700sqm commercial program, 270sqm urban farming and underground parking. Each building is designed differently but, as a whole, they establish a common structure that’s is suitable to its urban context.
The Dutch practice developed imaginary planes at angles of 45-degrees from the base of neighboring residential buildings which are intended to both allow great amount of natural light into the residences, gardens and ground-floor and also to shape an irregular profile that associates to the silhouettes of traditional pitched roofs.
This solution is also favorable to create a cozy atmosphere both for the residents but also for bystanders as angles roofs are less visible from ground and result in a more intimate city. It is also a most favorable environment, with significant energy saving. Solar panels can take advantage of jagged roof inclination as well as green roofs.
‘Natural light plays a central role in Nieuw Bergen, as volumes follow a strict height limit and a design guideline that allows for the maximum amount of natural sunlight, views, intimacy and reduced visibility from street levels,” says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV.