The client requests two proposals for the same brief. One with buildings upto 75 meters high and one without height restrictions. In both the lower and the higher version we propose a flexible urban concept that is capable to incorporate all elements that inhabitants consider indispensable, like parking and social-/commercial facilities nearby and an environment that is traffic-safe and embedded in greenery.
For both versions we propose the podium tower as the building type.
- A mellow transition from public to private space.
The podium is 2 to 3 levels above street level and will be (semi) exclusive for apartment owners/ tenants.
The perimeter podium defines the building block and the streetscape. By its limited height it relates to the human scale.
The podium steps up from the green park/forest/cemetery towards the busy city street. Each tower entrance is on street level (and on a plaza)
- Program in the podium
The podium houses parking garage(s), therefore no expensive underground construction needed.
On the plaza’s and on the perimeter at the urban streets the podium houses some commercial and local community programs, like a bicycle café, kindergarten, supermarket or community centre.
- One ensemble
The concept is based on variation in appearance within a family of buildings. This creates identity. Each apartment building has a distinct address.
- Quality housing
Both designs are programmed with density housing, with a variety in the sizes of the apartments. All apartments have a view and good sun orientation and can be programmed with a private outdoor space at the apartment (balcony/ loggia).
Together, all residents are offered a joined but exclusive outdoor space on the podium.
Both designs are based on these starting points, and give space to the same programmatic brief, yet with the two restrictive rules regarding the height limit, they turn out distinctly different.