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POLDER BLOCK

Firm: SVESMI / Atelier KZNA

Consultants: Prof. A. van der Dobbelsteen, and Ir. Huib Plomb of TU-Delft, Peter Mensinga

Team: Evelina Ozola, Pablo Roquero

Program: 400 single family dwellings

Year: 2009

Location: Leeuwarden, NL

Size: 80 ha

Status: competition


The project started in Leeuwarden area and is currently being developed for several areas in the Netherlands and Germany. The research aims at development of modern houding types actively engaging both the community of people and landscape. The Polder Block introduces new relationships between city and landscape, the ones going beyond guilt of urbanisation. The Polder Block takes the usual ingredients of a suburbia, with its low density, individual plots and free standing houses, and frames them into a perimetrical block. The extended partition walls between each plot become the means of co existence, the mortar of the block, both separating the parcels and binding them together. Furthermore, the partition walls define highly specialised plots. the proportion of soil and water, different depth and specific flora are now in the hands of the dwellers themselves. Consequently, landscape becomes a function of multiple, ever changing micro ecologies. The block turns into an urban device that intensifies and re produces landscape instead of consuming it.


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