We are starting publications about the IFC Competition participants and their projects in the field of masterplanning and urbanism.
РЕЗЕРВ [REZERVE] – MAXWAN
The team brings together the professional skills of TPO Rezerve from Russia and Maxwan from Netherlands. The leader of the consortium is TPO REZERV LTD, and other consortium members are MAXWAN A+U, JUURLINK [+] GELUK BNSP ROTTERDAM BV, ARUP BV, LARS HIJLKEMA and PROJEСTONTWIKKELING PEGASUS DELFT BV.
REZERVE studio was established in 1987 and is currently one of the leading Russian design consultancy. The company delivers architectural and urban planning projects of various size and complexity ranging from masterplanning large areas to individual housing projects, residential communities, offices, retail and sport facilities. Among its completed projects are Aerobus apartment block, Aeroflot headquarters, Fusion Park apartments and the Federal Arbitration Court. Currently under construction are the United Aircraft Corporation head office, Tricolor project and Skolkovo Park community. REZERVE have received a number of architectural awards (“Arch-Moscow”, “Zolotoye Secheniye”, World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Barcelona), they regularly participate in Russian and international architectural exhibitions, their projects are often covered by the media.
Patroclus Bay is a masterplanning project for a new residential district in Vladivostok. It is an ambitious mixed-use neighbourhood to be developed in the next 9 years in Patroclus bay. The project site measures 118 ha and is located in the south-eastern part of Muravyov-Amurski peninsula.
The land plot has a diamond shape and elongated angles. Its southern part faces the sea and is separated from the rest by a highway. More roads divide the site in parts. REZERVE have developed a complex street grid and a geometric plan reflecting the 3-part division of the site. Public spaces are placed along the sea front while residential buildings prevail in the other two ‘triangles’.
The site topography changes by over 100 metres with the central hill dominating the project. This natural quality of the site has become the project key feature with the majority of housing planned on the hill slope. Residents will enjoy a variety of private and public spaces protected from the wind and roads by building configuration. There will be two schools, five kindergartens and an extensive boulevard connecting the residential neighbourhoods to the lake and other recreational areas. TPO REZERVE have also designed an entertainment centre for the project.
The masterplan of Berezhkovskaya embankment was developed during the competition aimed at future regeneration of the district. The key feature of TPO REZERVE plan is an extensive green area in the middle of the site surrounded by residential and educational buildings. All residential buildings are oriented inwards while retail and office functions form a screen from the neighbouring power station and industrial areas. As a result, the number of units facing industrial areas is low, and most residents can enjoy wonderful views over the park. Despite the high-density of the district, it feels light and transparent.
The plan has three levels. The upper level is mostly for pedestrians while roads and streets are placed in the middle level. Courtyards are in the lower level and enjoy additional isolation. The school is located in the southern part of the site while the kindergartens are placed in the lower levels of apartment blocks.
The studio was established in 1993 in Rotterdam by Rients Dijkstra. They are an international practice dedicated to contemporary architectural and urban design. Maxwan have designed widely recognised projects such as the "Saw Tooth Tower (Nuilding)" in Rotterdam, the "Office Building F&I" (Maastricht Aachen Airport) and "50 Bridges" for the City of Utrecht. Maxwan have made a name for themselves internationally with innovative proposals for the new town of Leidsche Rijn (75,000 residents and a hidden highway), the 10,800 houses master plan for Barking Riverside, the master plan A101 for a new city of 300,000 inhabitants on the fringes of Moscow, the master plan for 2000 houses in the Dnepr River Delta, Kiev Ukraine, and the urban design for the Waalhafen Zone in Rotterdam.
Rients Dijkstra was born in 1961 in The Hague. He has studied architecture and urban design at the Delft University of Technology. There he graduated with honors in 1989. He worked with architects Frits van Dongen (de ArchitectenCie) and Rem Koolhaas (OMA). In 1993 Rients Dijkstra was invited to design the Urban Master Plan for Leidsche Rijn, a new town of 30,000 houses. This unusual first assignment kick-started his own practice: Maxwan architects and urbanists.
Leiden CS is the project of master plan design for the transformation of theLeiden Central Station and its quarter inLeidenCity in Netherlands.
From a neglected station area into a vibrant new high-density neighborhood, Maxwan’s design strengthens the connection between the historic center in the south andLeiden’s Bio-Science District in the north.
Special care is taken to create a natural transition from the historic centre into this new high-density neighborhood: the street network has a similar fine grain and scale, due to a special building typology. By combining low street facades with set back high rises, high density is created while attractive light streets, squares and green spaces are retained.
The plan comprises 1000 new houses, workspaces for local starters as well
as international firms, a new extension of Leiden’s shopping-centre, a
multiplex cinema, cutting-edge parking solutions and a new public transport hub
including an indoor bus station and a light-rail station.
New- and enhanced connections allow pedestrians and bicyclists to travel on street level, between the two sides of the station without crossing cars, busses and trams.
WENZHOU KEAN UNIVERSITY
It is the master plan for a new campus of Wenzhou Kean University in China that was made in collaboration with Ector Hoogstad Architects for the international architectural competition.
Wenzhou is a rapidly developing coastal city about 350 kilometres south of Shanghai, which – like all China’s booming cities – is investing heavily in the development of higher education. In the meantime, an entirely new campus of about 380,000sqm of floorspace will be built in the southern city extension on site covering more than 70 hectares.
preserves and enhances great existing natural qualities of the site. Proximity
to the hills, gives the project a great backdrop, and the campus structure
frames views, while existing water systems are linked to become the backbone,
framework, and key feature for the entire campus network. The proposal suggests
a variety of gardens, giving each area identity and a series of intimate,
diverse moments to interact with nature.
The brief called for a grand central library. The proposal instead creates an active learning district. Besides the main library, the library program is separated into a series of faculty specific libraries. The libraries along with a restaurant function act as the front face of each building. Behind that front face other public spaces are included – lecture halls, grand stairs, event spaces, etc. This essentially results in one big public space for learning filled with activity and places to hang out learn and share knowledge. The proposal creates a series of interconnected spaces that allow for complex university life, to unfold in ways that are welcoming to students, faculty, and to the public at large.
©www.maxwan.comThe concept video
This project represents the urban master plan for a new town of 11,000 houses at the river Thames in London. The Barking Riverside project proposes housing for 25,000 people and will be built within the next 20 years on one of the largest underdeveloped sites in Greater London. The breathtaking site on the northern bank of the river Thames lies at the heart of the Thames Gateway Development, not far from Canary Wharf and the Lower Lea Valley (site of the 2012 Olympics). The design provides 11,000 homes, urban facilities (shops, bars, restaurants, recreation, sports), schools, a large new park, a number of public squares, ecological values, and an animated riverfront resulting in 2000 new jobs. Accessibility to the river will be one of the features increasing value for the new residents and the inhabitants of the adjoining borough alike. The master plan describes in detail the structure and quality of the urban space, also outlining the plan's development within the next 20 years.