Maxwan won the competition for the redevelopment of the 'Groenoordhallen' site. There are serious constraints against urban development on the site: two of the three sides on the triangular plot are bordered by a broad and busy street: the building height is limited due to ecological constraints: the specific environmental zone due to a railroad and a sewer water purification installation overlap: cable and pipeline corridors with the width of a small river cross underneath the site.Maxwan started with the revaluation of everything that gives the location value. A small ditch was stretched and broadened to become a neighbourhood canal: a beautiful but isolated row of trees was expanded into an alley, and the poor quality but manageable low construction of the Groenoordhallen was punctured by a pedestrian route, received a new front elevation and became a community- and children daycare centre. Maxwan succeeded in meeting all the demands by proposing an "onion-like" layout of the housing blocks, providing intimate streets, a wide variety of street profiles and an array of diverse high-quality public and communal spaces.
742 houses, office 22'000 m2, business 25'000 m2, misc. 6'900 m2
City of Leiden
partner in charge
Martijn Anhalt, Hiroki Matsuura, Rene Sangers, Harm te Velde