DE LAAK, AMERSFOORT
Portaal asked FARO to design 103 homes of different types: apartments and townhouses. Our plan takes its cues from the ambitions that are formulated in the urban plan for the Laak. That plan envisions a neighborhood with different facades next to each other. It also asks for careful details and materials that age well.
BRICK ARCHWAYS CONNECT LOCAL SHOPS, DEVENTER
FARO has renovated the shopping center in Borgele, a post-war district in Deventer. The project involved both renovating part of the existing shopping center as well as constructing new shops with 20 apartments above and 24 low-rise homes. A plan was also made for the design of the whole area.
50-YEAR-OLD SUBURB TO LAST ANOTHER 100 YEARS, NIJMEGEN
The Hatert district is being renovated, with construction also taking place on the until now unbuilt Circusterrein. Two apartment buildings and a project with 36 family homes will be constructed. FARO is designing one apartment building and the family homes.
FARO designed 76 houses for the Uitvindersbuurt in Ede. The houses vary from large and small apartments, large and small terraced houses, houses that adapt to life phase of the residents and a few special houses for special resident groups.
PLAYING WITH LEGO IN ALMERE
‘A buyer’s influence on the design and construction of new homes will continue to increase. Modern consumers want choice and not just in the kitchen and bathroom. As a result, the finished product is no longer predetermined and may even be something of a surprise. The architect is increasingly a director of possible variations.’ It was with this vision of the future that FARO took part in the competition ‘Het Wilde Wonen’ (The Wild Life) in 2001. Winning the competition resulted in the project ‘Gewild Wonen’ (Desired Life) which was built as part of the Bouwexpo in 2001 to celebrate Almere’s 25th anniversary.
THE FIFTH QUARTER, DEN HAAG
FARO has designed 138 dwellings in an urban block for the Fifth Quarter of the Wateringse Veld in The Hague. The materials used on the inside of the block, around a courtyard, alternates between wood and brick.
FARO designed apartments and single family homes on the edge of town, the very west side of Harnaschpolder next to Delft. We choose to create homes with a distinct urban character but with a playful nod to the green houses that used to be here. The roofs of the houses also have the saw edge roofline, that will have different heights throughout the plan.
SANDSTONE FOR ‘T ZAND, UTRECHT
Leidsche Rijn is a large VINEX development at the west side of Utrecht. In this new part of town FARO has designed a large housing block that varies in height from 3 to 7 stories. The highest part is at the side of the railroad that has more urban character.
CELEBRATING THE SUBURBS, ROTTERDAM
On a green location in Hoogvliet, FARO designed a plan with spacious apartments and a robust border with large townhouses on the park. Behind this border, a relaxed living environment is created with attached and semi-detached homes.
ON THE BORDER OF URBAN AND RURAL, GRONINGEN
At the edge of wide-open countryside in the province of Groningen, on the border of urban and rural, at the entrance to the new subdivision ‘de Held’ (the hero) in Groningen, are 20 waterside homes. The plot of land between James Baldwinstraat and the pedestrian dock is tapered, and the 20 lots that have been formed there vary from wide and shallow to narrow and deep. The gated gardens run along the street while the houses sit back against the water.
SUPERBLOCK IN THE MIDDLE OF INFRASTRUCTURE, LEIDSCHENVEEN
One design for two clients on one lot above a semi-subterranean parking space for 200 cars. NS Vastgoed and Wooninvest asked us to design respectively 68 and 92 dwellings in the urban plan of SVP. The houses for Wooninvest will also function as sound barrier for the neighborhood behind them. The project lies in the nexus of the Laan van Ypenburg and the railway. The particular form of the building flows with the maximum heights allowed in the development plan and refers to the dynamics of the location.
The architectural theme for Nesselande subplan 6.5 is ‘the Garden City’. FARO translated this theme in a contemporary way. The 136 single-family homes and 4 homes for disabled people (the Orion Foundation) have been worked out in a clear block structure with a distinct difference between the inside and outside.
Stadshoven is an apartmentbuilding in the newly developed neighborhood Weidevenne-Europa in Purmerend. Half of the 52 rental units are for the social rental market, the other half is for special needs residents: sheltered living for people with a slight mental handicap and for people with social problems. These special homes look the same as the rest of the building; the front door doesn’t show that assisted living is being provided here. This way, the residents can fully merge into the neighborhood.
SUPERGARDENS ON NEW HEADLAND, BERKEL EN RODENRIJS
The site is surrounded by water on three sides, a condition we exploited by placing all homes along the outer edge, as close as possible to the water. Postmen, visitors and meter readers can reach the front doors around the outside, along a basalt embankment. The units themselves are narrow and deep and materialized in wood and ceramic tiles. They form part of what is almost a perimeter block. Five-meter high property boundaries underline the block’s unity where necessary.