Nieuw Bergen – MVRDV

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Client: SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels)
Size and Programme: Mixed-use, 28,700m2 with 242 apartments (sale and rental),
1,700 m2 commercial units, 270m2 Urban farming and underground parking 
Design Team: Jacob van Rijs, Frans de Witte with Fedor Bron, Mick van Gemert, Mark
van den Ouden, Ronald Kam and Daniele Zonta
Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Kirill Emelianov, Tomaso Maschietti, Massimiliano
Marzoli and Davide Calabro
Engineers: Stam + De Koning Bouw
Sustainability: Primum
Neighbourhood Participation: Iris Advies
Newbuild Housing Specialist: Van Santvoort Makelaars Newbuild
Civil Engineering Contractor: WSP/KWS
Installation Advisor: Huisman & van Muijen

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Described by architects: NieuwBergenissetto become a uniquepart ofthe city centreof Eindhovenand combinesthe values of renovated and transformed buildings with new constructions. The urban strategy applied here is based on the knowledge and innovation necessary for establishing a sustainable, pleasant and dynamic living environment for future residents. The design approach echoes Eindhoven’s status as a city oftechnology,design and knowledge.Nieuw Bergenwill get a hyper-modernfeel and continues the informal character of the Bergen neighbourhood.

Imaginary planes at an angle of 45 degrees are drawn from the footprint of neighbouring residential buildings which leads to natural light principles that result in unpredictable building forms with jagged silhouettes, a modern and optimistic atmosphere. At the same time, these refer traditional pitched roofs. The 45-degree angle results in maximum sunlight for both houses and public space hence creating an optimum environment with significant energy savings as a result.

The oblique roof planes are ideally suited for installing solar panels and are also able to accommodate green roofs. This concept is an evolution of the urban strategy tool MVRDV has been developing and actively appliesin citiesin need of sustainable densification. 

Individual buildings within Nieuw Bergen are different, yet they all collectively form a family of buildings that fit into the existing context like a mosaic. The sloping roofs reinforce this diversity and create a varied roof landscape. The diverse roofscape with solar panels and green make for an eye- catching and sustainable character. Angled roofs are less visible from the ground floor and result in a more intimate city.

Collective gardens and greenhouses with lamella roof structures crown a number of buildings. A conscious choice of neutral colours and textured materials with subtle differences inform the striking glazed ceramic facades. Other façade materials incorporate stone, wood and concrete elements and the colour palette varies from white to 2/2 grey; shiny to rough. Wall openings also follow this diversity of architecture and varied positioned balconies with generous outdoor spaces create a vivid and attractive living environment.

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