Airport Garden City
Lelystad

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Airport Garden City
Lelystad

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Airport Garden City is a proposal to approach industrial sites in another way, more self-sufficient and better integrated into the landscape. The structure of the existing polder was the starting point. The polder is a rational landscape where the production of food is involved. Beauty originates accidentally in the repetition of long straight lines and in the different colours of the areas in between.

Airport Garden City is an intensification of the landscape in different layers. The basis for the new approach of the Garden City is the layer in which different production landscapes are reinforced. Besides the fields and the meadows there are possibilities for more intensive use such as woods for the benefit of CO2 compensation, greenhouses, water for fish farming and fields for the production of tulips or fruit. In the whole area paving has been kept down to a minimum. A formula E circuit is the central opening up, which can also be used for (electric) public transport. The other roads follow the straight lines of the polder landscape as a result of which the beauty, the partition and consequently the character of the landscape will be retained. The boulevard connects the Garden City with the new terminal of the airport. The area is self-sufficient as much as possible, among other things by generating its own energy by means of a windmill park, by using the warmth in the asphalt of the circuit, sun collectors and by using the water surface for recycling grey water and cooling of the buildings. In the different production landscapes there are business premises and office buildings. Each type of landscape has its own building density, building height and percentage of pavement. The showrooms, hotels and a residential care centre have been concentrated along the boulevard.

The buildings are considered as an organism that is constantly changing; something that can easily be constructed, extended, removed or destroyed. For that reason the buildings are light, detachable and, instead of piles the floating ability of water is used. In this way the experience of the authentic production landscape is at best for passers-by, holiday-makers, users as well as employees. In the future the production landscape can grow with the changing needs, with accompanying use and buildings.

assignment:
Urban development plan

client:
OMALA N.V. Lelystad

area:
ca. 660 ha

design:
2011