AWG BOB VAN REETH, 1994-1998, Mariaplaats 30-41, Utrecht
bOb van Reeth
AWG/bOb van Reeth
Christine de Ruijter
The site of this housing project of 54 owner-occupied properties between the old town centre and the station had been lying vacant since 1940. A Historical Impact Assessment drawn up for this culturally sensitive area resulted in a perimeter development enclosing a clutch of blocks on a central courtyard, a configuration based on the ‘clerical immunity’ formerly enjoyed by the area. The fringe development is in red brick and has a slightly nostalgic look; the discrete inner blocks are white rendered. With parking facilities centralized underground, the courtyard is sensitively crafted as a serene pedestrian enclave of plazas and unexpected short cuts.