MVRDV unveils design for new station district in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands
MVRDV and Hyde Park BV unveiled their design proposal for the Hoofddorp Station District, a project that aims to transform the area around the existing station into an environmentally friendly and affordable urban district. The masterplan will offer 8,500 housing units and renovated train, bus and metro stations, providing a solution to the housing shortage and access to public transport without compromising quality of life.
The design is inspired by the rigid grid structure typical of the Dutch lowlands of Haarlemmermeer. The sustainable approach of the neighborhood is explored through the integration of a lot of greenery and water, as well as streets and canals without cars. The architects designed the plan with various spacious urban blocks with interior courtyards, greenery, and water features. In addition, all the apartments benefit from sunshine due to the sun cut through the roofs.
As the Hoofddorp district is increasingly accessible by public transport, the proposed new urban district responds to the need to densify station areas in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. The district will be easily accessible thanks to strong connections with the new station. The subways will also connect the station area to Hyde Park, a new residential area currently under construction according to a master plan designed by MVRDV.
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With this new urban district, we are bringing affordable and comfortable life to Hoofddorp – soon everyone will be able to live along a canal. Not only will the housing supply be diverse, but the outdoor space will also be fantastic, full of greenery and water. If we start building like this in more places in the Netherlands, the solution to the housing shortage, one of the most pressing social problems, will be within reach. – Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV
MVRDV’s Traumhaus Funari project, a residential master plan that redeveloped parts of a former US military barracks, has started construction in Mannheim, Germany. The project aims to combine affordability, individuality and diversity by allowing residents to make their own ecological and spatial choices regarding their homes.