Robert Verrijt + Floris CornelisseSize -
120 apartments, school, public facilities, offices, public spaces
The medieval town centre, surrounded by residential quarters full of contrast is exemplary for the mid-sized European city. Many cities are struggling with undefined areas near railway zones or old industrial areas just outside of the city centre. Although the competition proposal for the Europan 8 on the site of the Municipal Yard in Enschede is a design specific and singular in its manifestation, it could serve as a model for cities with comparable problems.
The large scale of the urban C_itadel is continued in the project through three sturdy residential blocks, which we call the Triade. From this high rise one can enjoy the breathtaking view of the green surroundings of Enschede. At the same time the site forms a link between the railway zone with large-scale development in the near future and the small scale of the residential garden village Zeggelt. At the two extreme corners of the site existing fragments, the local court building and the Sanders factory, form an essential part of the design. The fabric of the corner buildings and factory sheds of two stories are the anchors, which pin down the design in the context. The three building blocks 'the Triade' are placed where the cultural route crosses the inner court. They are directed with their full building height to the inside and form the interior of the City Chamber. The City Chamber marks a momentary sense of pause along the cultural route. The residential blocks of the Triade are set back from the periphery of the ceintuur in order to instigate curiosity from the outside. It also provides a comfortable distance towards the existing garden town villas to the north of the site.