Groen Zuilen

Utrecht, NL

The plan for the public space of the new neighbourhood Groen Zuilen combines the serenity and ambience of a beguinage with a modern comfortable residential district.

The quiet green neighbourhood is enclosed by a wide hedge of field maples. The architect Machiel van der Torre has designed the dwellings with internal parking, hence reducing the number of cars on the streets which provides 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 carpet of grass. 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 which is 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.