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Selected for 2nd round in ‘Who Cares’ competition

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The team of de Architekten Cie. , Felixx, Stec Groep en Syntrus Achmea Real Estate is selected for the second round of the ‘Who Cares’ competition!
Organized by the Dutch Government Architect, the aim of the competition is the development of new solutions for inclusive urban environments, adressing the changing demographics and developments in health care. 4 cities are hosting the competion, we will work on the case of Rotterdam. Results will be presented in autumn, at the Dutch Design Week.
More information: https://www.prijsvraagwhocares.nl/

COA Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers in Ter Apel officially opened

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The new development for the COA Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers in Ter Apel opened on Wednesday 19 April. The outdated centre has made way for a new development that can accommodate 2,000 asylum seekers, the largest permanent reception centre in the Netherlands. BAM Bouw en Techniek and De Zwarte Hond won the Design, Build and Maintain commission by means of a European tender at the end of 2014. FELIXX reinforced the team as landscape architect and BAM Infra Wegen and BAM Infra Energie & Water completed the team. Thanks to the intelligent organisation of the area, meticulous design elaboration and efficient construction method, and despite the sober and functional preconditions, a sustainable asylum centre has been realised providing optimum accommodation. The high degree of prefab components guaranteed an extremely rapid completion time of less than two and a half years including design, engineering and construction.

Village for temporary residents – Ter Apel is situated in the north of the Netherlands. The reception centre is a short distance away from the surrounding villages and towns and is consequently set up as an independent village combining accommodation with facilities and services. The 258 ground-floor and upper-level units are clustered in eight neighbourhoods arranged around a central park strip where the main facilities are located. Living conditions, safety and manageability were key elements in the design. The clever configuration of residential areas and buildings creates extra space between the units. This provides more privacy for the inhabitants and reduces potential tension due to high occupation density at the centre. It creates space for a landscape framework that allows for a natural orientation in what is an unfamiliar area for the residents. Spatial elements and structures guide the asylum seekers via public spaces to communal areas, and from there to their specific accommodation.


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Felixx in Wuhan

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Felixx was part of the Isocarp-UPAT mission in Wuhan, China last week. The city recently transformed the Zhongshan Avenue. This multi-lane car street is turned into a pedestrian friendly avenue with squares and small pocket parks. Deborah was part of the team, making an evaluation of the executed project so far, giving recommendations on how to proceed this kind of transformation projects in the rest of the city.

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Russian Open at Pakhuis de Zwijger

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Join us  at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam for the ‘Architecture Now: Russian Open’! How is public space developing within the field of architecture in Russia? Together with some of our friends, we’ll highlight experiences and projects.

Hope to see you there!
Tuesday 21st of March, 20.00h, Amsterdam

Realisation of bird island in Rijnvliet, Utrecht

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A start has been made with the construction of the public space of Rijnvliet in Utrecht, based on the principles of Urban Food Forestry. A small movie is made about this important moment: the realisation of the bird island.

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The implementation of the Urban Food Forestry concept has been developed together with inhabitants group ‘De Groene Longen van Rijnvliet’ and the Metaal Kathedraal, as a spatial concept for the public space of Rijnvliet: the edible neighbourhood. The ambition document has been developed by Felixx, Æ Food Forestry Development and De Zwarte Hond.

Rijnvliet is one of the last areas in Leidsche Rijn still to be developed. The urban plan consists of 4 small scale neighborhoods, divided by large waterways. Most of the houses are located directly on the green or water. There will be over 1.000 houses, a primary school and some businesses.

The coming period, the ambition document will be developed further by designing the main structure of public space, starting with the area along the main waterway, connecting to the Strijkviertelplas. This central area includes the main part of the Urban Food Forest and will be designed in co-creation with inhabitants group ‘De Groene Longen van Rijnvliet’. Just like the bird island, this part of the public space will be built ahead of the majority of the housing construction, giving the vegetation time to grow and offering current and future inhabitants space for recreation.


de Architekten Cie. + FELIXX have won the competition for the spatial development strategy of Chelyabinsk, Russia

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An international urban design competition was held by the City Administration of Chelyabinsk, for the development strategy and masterplan of the historical center. 5 teams were invited to develop a proposal. The team of de Architekten Cie. + Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners was awarded with the 1st prize during the ceremony on 27th of January 2017. The winning plan activates the existing grid structure of the city, turning it into a mechanism for transformation.

Chelyabinsk is one of the medium sized towns in Russia, with a population ranging from 1-1,5 million inhabitants. Many of these cities have similar conditions and challenges: Remote located, heavy industrialized, and an aging population as young and higher educated generations are moving to the federal cities of Moscow and St-Petersburg.
To attract new residents, and shift towards new economies, the historical qualities of Chelyabinsk should be merged with contemporary values of urban life. But sheer developing another plan for the Chelyabinsk as a post-industrial town does not solve the problem: the industry is the reason of existence of the city. Therefore the plan shifts the focus from ‘to be removed industries’, towards ‘the city as a breeding ground for social capital’. The winning proposal invests in the upgrade of the urban environment to generate interest from new generations, attracting people and parties that support a shift towards new economies, targeting a gradual replacement of polluting industries by a variety of functions and activities.

Chelyabinsk already holds the spatial framework to organize this transformation: the grid structure of the historical center. There are plenty of examples showing the ability of the grid to be the base for a qualitative urban realm, structuring the transformation and densification of an existing city.

Chelyabinsk’s existing framework is empowered by 3 strategies:
Grid: Inclusive realm
Streets are the main public realms in the city. Apart from being spaces for car traffic, they serve as linear public spaces. The redevelopment and upgrading of streets allows for the integration of environmental infrastructure, the organization of slow traffic and public transportation.

Blocks: Mixed-use program
The existing blocks in the city leave a lot of empty space yet to be developed. The new masterplan proposes gradual transformation of the existing grid by replacing deteriorated properties and completing building blocks. Residential functions are relocated in the center of the city.

Catalyst projects
Specific projects are developed, to revitalize certain areas, add special qualities to the city,
or boost development and transformation in direct surroundings. They are strongly related to existing qualities. These projects enable the government to steer in the speed of gradual transformation and the areas where it is happening. The most important project is the redevelopment of the riverfront along the Miass river, redefining the overall identity of Chelyabinsk.

Team Felixx-jvantspijker wins tender with free haven for Reykjavik

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The Dutch design offices Felixx and jvantspijker, together with Orri Steinarsson, have won the international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik. The task was the strategic redevelopment of a vast coastal area of approximately 140 hectares, at the edge of the city. The winning proposal is committed to transform the area, with striking industrial buildings along the coast and a vast green zone inland, into a haven for urban pioneers. The 1st prize was awarded during a ceremony on Wednesday night (December 7th) by the mayor of Reykjavik. In due course the process to elaborate and implement the project will be developed.

The winning proposal positions the area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. Tourism keeps growing, and the city can hardly cope with the increasing pressure on space and program in the center. Gufunes will therefore become an unpolished haven for starters, city pioneers and creative businesses that can no longer be accommodated elsewhere in the city. The vast area is being restructured into a coherent whole. The zone around the existing industrial buildings will be re-densified into a new urban center. The open green area transforms into a multifunctional recreational park for events and large-scale outdoor activities.

The spatial strategy creates the conditions for a phased transformation, able to anticipate on different development speeds. A simple grid structures the industrial area, and a network of paths and roads organize the recreational landscape. The urban and park landscape are linked, and necessary connections with the surrounding urban environment and the shoreline are established. The framework ensures the overall spatial quality and functioning of the area. It both defines the frame and generates the conditions for the re-development of existing and construction of new buildings.

A crucial element is the proposed waterbus service, making Gufunes accessible for commuters and tourists in an environmentally friendly way. The heart of the community is the revitalised pier, where the first phase program is driven by the realisation of the famous Baltasar Kormákur’s film studios in an existing warehouse. Around the pier a wide variety of functions and programs are planned: small businesses, cafes and restaurants, a hotel, residential buildings, leisure and outdoor program. Together these interventions will put Gufunes on the map as a new destination in Reykjavik.

The combination of a new pioneer area and a recreational landscape park add necessary space and non- existing conditions to the city. They enrich the urban ecology: Gufunes as the urban fertilizer for Reykjavik.

Woonvisie Rotterdam 2030

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Het Nieuwe Instituut asked twelve Rotterdam-based design studios for their visions on ‘Living in Rotterdam in the year 2030’. The results are exhibited at two prominent sites in Rotterdam during the weeks leading up to the ‘Woonvisie 2030’ referendum on 30 November 2016.
We shared our vision on energy transtion: THE ABUNDANT CITY
All credits for this glamorous image go to our wonderfull Zofia Krzykawska and Klaus Peter Lorenz! Please have a look at Rotterdam Central Station and the Markthal.