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A Residential Haven

Groen Zuilen, Utrecht, NL

Combining the serenity and ambience of a beguinage with a modern comfortable residential district.

The quiet green neighbourhood of Groen Zuilen is enclosed by a wide hedge of field maples. The architect Machiel van der Torre designed the dwellings with internal parking – reducing the number of cars on the streets – and providing a more tranquil feel to the area.

The two key internal public spaces are designed as avenues consisting of majestic trees (sophora and gleditsias) placed on a green grass carpet. Both types of trees have a light translucent canopy, which enhances the feeling of dappled light and space. The spring blossom and the colouration of the leaves in autumn give the neighbourhood a strong sense of the seasons.

In addition to the avenues, there is a village green surrounded by a hedge. It incorporates large trees, benches and two flower gardens planted with azaleas and hydrangea.

City of Utrecht, Woningcorporatie Mitros, Johan Matser Projectontwikkeling b.v., Bouwbedrijf Midreth b.v.

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