Student housing tower Blok 1 serves as a landmark and a visual beacon of
change and renewal for the Presikhaaf area. The buiding is part of a larger
redevelopment scheme, which forsees in the partial demolition of post-war
housing estates in the neighbouwhood making way for new, more
upmarket, housing developements. Additionally, student housing is
included in the scheme, as the presence of students will lead to
differentiation and rejuvenation of the neighbourhood. Thus, the tower
provides Presikhaaf with a much needed social impulse.
The ten story building is situated on an isolated site, surrounded by nature.
Its solitary character is enhanced by the buildings all-round orientation
and facade, which is punctuated by a large number of windows, making the
building look bigger than it actually is.This particular fenestration makes
sure no two dorms are the same.
The facade will be covered in paneling with a slightly differing finish,
creating a subtle pattern. The dark brown colour gives the building a
natural feel, and makes it fit into the surrounding ecological area.
The ground floor comprises support facilities for the students, technical
areas and commercial units. Each of the nine upper floors is laid out with
ten dorms. The top floor will be used as a communal roof terrace. Within
the restricted budget, GROUP A has been able to create a number of high
quality solutions, like the large windows on the corners and the roofterrace
with its nice views.