FROM INDUSTRIAL TO URBAN, HAARLEM
On the grounds of the historical Droste factory, 229 houses and apartments have been developed into a centre of modern living and working. Some buildings of the old factory have been refurbished, and new buildings have arisen. DKV‘s urban plan is based on urban density and public spaces with a good parking solution. The whole area is free of cars and all cars are parked out of sight. The narrow streets that thus can be formed provide a typical ‘‘cozy’’ urban life.
Most homes are located on these streets. These residences have private living rooms on the first floor, privacy that is extra enforced by the flexible screens that allow to see out but not in. The ground floor is open and allows an interactive relationship with the street. All architects have worked with similar types of brick to improve the cohesion between the building blocks. Also the details and rhythm are carefully developed together. Since the façade of the building blocks wraps around, all blocks have their own identity and can be easily recognized.