FARO developed together with Heren5 the winning plan ‘‘Biesland’’, that now, ten years later is completed. In Biesland, all architects worked according to the agreements in the design guidelines and the plan was developed by a single developer. This resulted in a harmonic balance between unity and diversity.
PERMANENT VACATION IN THE BIRCH WOOD , ZUIDLAREN
These dwellings have been designed and built in 1995 on a practically empty site. Since then time has done its work, it is now an attractive birch grove in which can be lived. This grove is car-free, shared and open to the public. The plan consists of twelve cubes with 30 social rental dwellings and 21 owner-occupied dwellings that are seemingly loosely placed in between the trees. However, the placement of the cubes is very exactly specified so that all houses have a good amount of sunshine and long sight lines. Everyday Utopia.
THATCHED ROOFS, HOOGEVEEN
Two old high rises were torn down and were to be replaced with single family homes. These 30 houses are realized in a park-like setting around a little harbor. FARO designed four semi-detached houses, 13 terraced houses on the water and 13 terraced houses on the park. A wooden boardwalk runs along the full width of the houses on the water side.
LIVING WITH WATER, ROTTERDAM
In cooperation with BLAUW Architecten - Designing these houses started with picturing the new residents. Who comes to live in Nesselande, chooses a rural environment, relatively close to the city, with plenty of space and a lot of water. The proximity to the water was a quality we wanted to developed as much as possible. Another reason people want to move here is the peace and quiet.
LIFT TAKES SENIOR CITIZENS’ CARS TO THE NEXT LEVEL, TWELLO
A supermarket and several homes have been replaced and combined into one building on the edge of the village center, beside the Twellose Beek. This has created one large building between the village center and greenery, a building that is in keeping with the environment and creates a lot of open space.
SMALL TOWN LIVING, VIJFHUIZEN
The catchword for Vijfhuizen, a VINEX-location with Liesbeth van der Pol as urban architect, was ‘modern towns’. The key-points for this design were: small-scale, individuality, separate elements, social differentiation, bordering common ground, off-street parking and architectural cohesion. The result was a strong concept of ‘steep eaves and dramatic dormers’.
ENERGY NEUTRAL IN GEERPARK, VLIJMEN
Geerpark is a new neighborhood in Vlijmen. The city, the corporation, the province and the waterdistrict have formulated high sustainable ambitions to make Geerpark the most sustainable neighborhood in the Netherlands. The neighborhood will be all-electric and all homes will be energy neutral. The plan belongs to one of the 13 ‘excellent area’s’ designated by the ministry.
TWUYVERHOEK, SINT PANCRAS
A rural character, space for specific target groups like young and old people and emphasis on sustainable building. These are some points of departure that form the basis for the development of Twuyverhoek. The basis of the plan was created in 2004, when FARO together with Heren 5, van der Waals Zeinstra, SVP and Min2 were ‘locked up’ by the city of Langedijk in a hotel in the dunes to create an integral plan. The whole town was a witness – city services, town council, cultural historians and a committee from the residents.
THE OLD VILLAGE WAS ALSO MIXED, BLARICUM
The planning proposal is to make a ‘mini neighbourhood’ within the larger Blaricum sector plan B. The quality manual also ensures large-scale cohesion. The mini-neighborhood comprises a mix of 5 home types with a total of 23 homes.
PEOPLE BUILD THEIR OWN HOUSE, NIEUWKOOP
The ‘Meijepark’ and the ‘Zuidhoek’ are both part of the small-scale landscape surrounding the lakes around Nieuwkoop. A significant effort is made to connect the new plan with the beautiful surroundings.
This is expressed in the use of local trees and plants and creating views through the plan to the surrounding area. With the design of the lots is sought to create an informal environment that is consistent with the atmosphere in ‘Zuidhoek’.
The master plan for the Vinex district of Ypenburg near The Hague included one of the twelve sub-areas with the theme rurality. FARO has translated this into a number of ‘country houses’ with mansard roofs. This ‘mansard country house type’ FARO came up with, can accommodate a lot of different dwellings; large or small, containing one or two dwellings, several apartments, eight terraced houses or a ‘cluster house’.
FARO won together with Zeeman Vastgoed the competition to design Hoogwoud Oost, the second phase. We submitted a current, typical Dutch plan that we named ‘Hollands Glorie’ (Dutch Splendor). Inspired by the Dutch tradition of rural villages and fitting with the typical Dutch village of Hoogwoud. The plan has a variety of housing types: town houses with characteristic corners, semi-detached homes and apartments for sale and for rent.