De Architekten Cie reaches finals

For the development of the Carnisse district in Rotterdam, de Architekten Cie, together with a team of partners, created a vision. They have designed a residential area where changing needs through the course of a lifetime are met. With this plan the team, together with four other contenders, has reached the second round of the open call ‘Who cares?’

The design contest is organised by the Rijksbouwmeester to find “innovative and forward looking visions on Dutch residential areas, that provide an answer to the aging population and changes in care and support”. Submitting was possible for four different locations: Almere Haven, Oosterparkwijk in Groningen, Carnisse in Rotterdam and Geleen-Zuid/De Kluis in Sittard-Geleen. De Architekten Cie chose Carnisse because of its comparative situation with other districts in several cities in the Netherlands. In total 174 proposals were submitted.

"We want to make Carnisse an example of a healthy area for all generations. Our vision offers a new network of (care)facilities, connected to the green spots of Carnisse, appealing and accessible for all residents: from young to old, from dynamic to vulnerable," says Annemarie van Went, architect (de Architekten Cie).

Remarkable about this plan is that it does not have a fixed outcome. For the decision-making process, a collaboration will be established with several parties, like inhabitants and care organisations. Together they will develop a strategy for an accessible and pleasant environment full of facilities. One single investor will take care of the exploitation of the public spaces and private real estate. This limits the operational and financial risks for the local government, while at the same time the strategical role of the municipality and the importance of early agreements with market participants increases.

The vision provides an optimal mixture of functionalities related to the green spots in the area. Examples are a meeting centre for senior people next to a child day care centre, a hospice next to a birth centre, and a Rotterdam brown cafe next to a Turkish coffee house. The plan contains a network of decentred smaller care facilities. The idea behind this network is optimal accessibility of the facilities itself, as well as assistance from the facilities to independent living elderly/vulnerable individuals.

The monotonous constructions will partly give away space to a robust mixture of new buildings: affordable apartments for life, generation houses, more spacious and expensive houses – including apartments – for families and singles, and facilities like care services, an ice shop and a bakery.

The team comprises
Pi de Bruijn
Erik Vrieling, concept development, Cie. Concepts/de Architekten Cie.
ir. Annemarie van Went, architect, living with care, de Architekten Cie.
Eric van Noord, architect, public spaces, de Architekten Cie.
ir. Hugo Beschoor Plug, architect/researcher buildings and care, BPvF
mr. ir. Esther Akkerman-Dwars, Projectdevelopler care real estate, for (pension-) funds, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance
Michiel Van Driessche, landscape architect, Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners
Joep Arts, (medior) adviseur real estate, Stec Groep

In the second round, the contestants have the opportunity to work out the idea. In autumn 2017, the team of the winning proposal will be chosen. The ambition is to realise the ideas in these residential areas.