MVRDV Unveils Design of New Station Quarter in Hoofddorp, Netherlands

MVRDV and Hyde Park BV presented their design proposals for Hoofdorp’s Station Quarter. This project aims to make the area surrounding the station a more sustainable and affordable neighborhood. The masterplan will include 8,500 housing units as well as renovated bus, train, and metro stations. This will provide a solution for the housing shortage and improve access to public transport without compromising quality of life.

The Dutch Haarlemmermeer Lowlands’ rigid grid structure inspired the design. It is a district that focuses on sustainability. This includes incorporating lots of greenery and water as well as streets and canals that are car-free. The plan was designed by architects with various urban blocks that have inner courtyards and greenery. All apartments have access to sunlight through sun cuts in the roofs.

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The new proposed urban district addresses the issue of densifying station areas in the Amsterdam metropolitan region, as Hoofddorp’s area is increasingly accessible via public transport. Strong connections to the new station will make it easy to access the district. A subway will connect Station Quarter to Hyde Park. This new residential area is being built following a masterplan by MVRDV.

This new urban area will bring affordable, comfortable living to Hoofdorp. Soon everyone can live next to a canal. The housing supply will be varied, but the outdoor space will be beautiful, with lots of greenery, water, and other amenities. The solution to the Netherlands’ housing crisis, which is one of the most urgent social problems, can be found if we build like this more often in the Netherlands. — Winy Maas, MVRDV Founding Partner

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MVRDV’s Traumhaus Funari, a residential masterplan that redevelops portions of an ex-military barracks in the US, has begun construction in Mannheim. This project will allow residents to make their own spatial and ecological choices about their homes, thereby combining affordability and individuality.