DESIGN TEAM: CAMIEL WEIJENBERG, ROEL GROOTHUIS
Originally an un-built housing block solely used for residential functions with no real public space. The open areas surrounding the small residential blocks are the result of ‘leftover’ areas, rather than designated public zones. There was no relation between the built environment and the open space, the result being anonymous, semi-private areas around the housing units, not part of the urban fabric of Belgorad. The design brief was to provide an attraction to others than those living in the area.
Our proposal focused on high quality and high density environments. The city centre was completely filled with an urban volume measuring 20m in height, maximizing any new structures built. By subtracting all existing volumes and spaces, buildings, secondary streets, residential walkways and courtyards, we created a welcoming and communal living environment.