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A Diversity of Housing Typologies on the Water

Waterrijk Woerden, Woerden, NL

The City of Woerden has the ambition to transform Waterrijk into a unique part of the city with its own strong identity. The commission posed a true challenge due to the municipality’s search for architectural diversity.

The location on the waterside enabled the masterplan to connect to the urban ambiance of the traditional Dutch water towns. A key aim of the masterplan was to emphasize fantastic views of the water through a wide range of residential typologies.

Water is an integral part of the development, allowing small canals to connect to existing larger waterways. Unique bridges emphasize the location of the connecting infrastructure which crosses the canals. The ambition for Waterrijk is to provide a high-quality living space where children can play while enjoying their natural surroundings.

The area is split into two parts: the ‘Villapark,’ with a density of 20 dwellings per hectare and the ‘Islands,’ with a density of 55 dwellings per hectare.

City of Woerden

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