An old industrial site in Oud-Ijmuiden is being transformed into a dynamic neighborhood. Four architects design each with their own style the houses of the master plan of Liesbeth Brink. The historical surroundings, the view, the locks, the fishing harbor and the small scale were the inspiration of this master plan. The plan has a clear street pattern that allows views of the water from the central spaces. In the centre of the plan are low buildings, higher buildings are placed on the outer edge and small intimate streets and squares are formed. This also provides a variety of housing types. Not only town houses but also apartments for rent or for sale. The plan also provides space for entrepreneurs by adding small scale commercial spaces in combination with housing. This mix of living, working and the historical character of the neighborhood provide a dynamic and inspiring environment.
FARO designed a variety of housing types, apartments and single family homes. The FARO buildings can be recognized by wide horizontal cornices that accentuate the top of the building. To prevent too much horizontality in the facades, we play with tall windows of differing widths and frames around the windows that vary in height. This creates a playful façade that still refers to the traditional town houses.