Marc Koehler
Architects
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Superlofts Blok Y

Blok Y has an open framework of 6m high base building that is realised in form and layout in close agreement with the future homeowner. This provides a rich diversity in apartment types and residents; from mini-lofts (70m2) to family lofts (140m2), whereby every apartment has a unique design and layout. The concrete base building translates itself into a robust and detailed grid. As a result, the facade serves as a readable translation of the programmatic layout of the apartments. The importance and ample integration of light, fresh air and space demonstrates a contemporary architecture. The architecture of the base building is deliberately modest, while each unique apartment adds extraordinary accent to the whole by translating its story through the five to six meter windows in the façade.

Superlofts Blok Y’ objective is not only the realisation of a residential building, but a platform in which knowledge and experiences are shared, creating a tightknit community. It is a project that actively stimulates citizenship, through community building and social cohesion. For example the community garden and public spaces greates oppertunities for spontanious interactions. In addition it provides more opportunities for personalization and self-expression that is not yet offered in the housing market. However, while already self-evident across other sectors, a conventional and highly standardized housing market has not yet been set up. It requires time, patience and good cooperation between all parties to bring about change. Superlofts has progressively strived to close this gap in recent years, and due to the realization of several Superlofts projects across the Netherlands, the beginning of the turning point is now clearly visible.

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Information


Status
Under development

Location
Veemarkt, Utrecht

Client
Cooperative Housing Community (CPO)

Credits


Main architect

Marc Koehler Architects

Collaborator
Initiatiefgroep Blok Y

Project architect
Roel van der Zeeuw

Process manager
Martijn van Sluijters

Project team
Mitchel Ovens, Marc Verhoef, Dirk Overduin, Mariana Rebelo Fernandes, Marijn Luijmes