The architectural theme for Nesselande subplan 6.5 is ‘the Garden City’. FARO translated this theme in a contemporary way. The 136 single-family homes and 4 homes for disabled people (the Orion Foundation) have been worked out in a clear block structure with a distinct difference between the inside and outside. On the outside the blocks seem quite formal with a three-layer front façade; the inside of the block is more informal with old-fashioned rear doors whenever possible and intimate roofs. This distinction is also reflected in the rhythm of the block: the large scale and main roof line on the outside as to the individual stepped gables on the inside.
The unifying element is the design of the façade. All façades are designed in a masonry grid that manifests itself as a ‘chessboard’ with a clear, but subtle change of structure in the same stone color. Within this grid doors, windows, bay windows and also the stepped gable automatically fall into place.
The Garden City feeling is enhanced by the dominant green character of the public space. Parking on the streets is limited and is concentrated in the inner courtyards. The car-courts and private gardens are bordered by hedges, the front façades are located on intimate narrow alleyways and garden squares, or have front gardens.