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Family Urban Living

neighbourhood for families in big cities

Urban Family Living’ is a residential neighbourhood for families in one of the big cities in the Netherlands. It is the result of our research into housing for families with a penchant for the big city. There is an increasing need for stacked, non-terrestrial housing, especially for families. Because not all families want a garden and private parking. Families with teenage children in particular are looking for the dynamics of the large cities. Close to everything that the city has to offer: schools, playgrounds, restaurants, culture, festivals and your network.

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‘Urban Family Living’ is a stacked residential hood with a strong collective character. The pleasant excess of circulation areas invites to meet each other. No anonymous galleries. But wide, double-height indoor corridors that function as ‘neighbourhood streets’, where children can play safely. That’s where you meet your neighbours and you share a piece of freshly baked apple pie, made from your own fruit. Cause all family apartments have a large terrace garden with its own fruit tree.

The spacious central staircase forms the heart of ‘Urban Family Living’. It connects the higher ‘neighbourhood streets’ with the lively plinth. Wide stairs invite to active use and this gives the lift a subordinate position. The plinth provides collective spaces and is an important meeting place for all residents. Children can playfully develop their talent, creativity, identity and independence. In this way ‘Urban Family Living’ contributes to a ‘healthy urbanisation’.

Facts

Assignment

Research into housing for familie in big cities

Area

9,000 sqm

Function

Family residential

Design

January 2019

The makers of this project

Adam Visser
Adam Visser
adam@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Pia Fischer
Pia Fischer
pia@groupa.nl

Architect | Projectleader

Gabrielius Varnelis
Gabrielius Varnelis
gabrielius@groupa.nl

Architect

Hala Abi Saad
Hala Abi Saad
hala@groupa.nl

Architect | Urban designer

Pietro Giromini
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Xander van Dijk
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Boyuan Shi
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Rodrigo Altamirano Fernandéz
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