TOOLENBURG-ZUID

Schiphol/Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2001

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DESCRIPTION +


PROGRAM: planning competition for new residential community
    SIZE: 390,420 sq ft
STATUS: competition

The Toolenburg-Zuid provides a self-sustaining living space for the contemporary international citizen. While collapsing time and space via fiber optic networks and immediate connectivity, the new town also caters to the variety of living arrangements of contemporary families through a flexible building plan, which will allow for different programs and ways of living, thus increasing the useful lifespan of the buildings. The master plan nods to the nearby SchipHol airport, which besides being linked by a horizontal electric tram, also shares the 5° angle of ascent of its jets, as well as its encompassing environment. While maximizing sunlight for its residents, the series of six building types of Cactus Towers, Polder Voids, Co-Housing Arms, Floating Villas, Checkerboard Villas and House-Factories create their own ecosystem that act in symbiosis with the surrounding landscape, through harvesting rainwater for irrigation, pumping water within the complex with solar-power, and taking advantage of the natural regional energies of wind and geothermal shifts. The Toolenburg-Zuid becomes a vital and dynamic residential community through its master plan and buildings that effectively address the needs of emergent cultural and environmental trends.

CREDITS+

  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Steven Holl ( design architect )
    • Martin Cox ( associate in charge )
    • Gabriela Barman-Kraemer ( project architect )
    • Molly Blieden, Matt Johnson, Makram El-Kadi, Jason Frantzen, Matt Johnson, Chris Otterbine (project team)
  • model fabrication
    • – The Orchard Group

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