Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Europan 11 Leeuwarden 1st Prize New Water Garden
January 20th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: CUAC Arquitectura
NIEU WAter gaRDEN, a new landscape of water, meeting between urbanity and agriculture.
The proposal arises Niwu Water Garden by the ensounter of three main materials: water, city and farmland. In a scenic enclave of particular importance to the city of Leeuwarden an appropriate balance between these materials allows to think about a hybrid landscape which establishes a transition between rural and urban.
Thus become a new environment in which elements of the city (the traditional and the present) establish a proper dialogue with the existing agricultural plot and its associated infrastructure.
The broad area of intervetion (about 19 ha) opens the opportunity to create a unique residential area on the water side. Thus, the scale of the proposal allows to research on the development of an urban deployment model with regards to the relation between houses and water in Leeuwarden. Each and every one of the 450 proposed residential units, including community facilities, will have a special and direct relationship with the channel. The water network will become the main road for some future residents, from a boat will have direct access to the garden of their home. NIEU WAter gaRDEN becomes a landscape designed for true water lovers.
NIEU WAter gaRDEN, a new image of preexisting significant result, tradition and memory.
The identity associated with the urban is going to be established through the pre-existing, the tradition and the memory, arguments can reveal the character of a particular landscape. It is to rescue, turning a peripheral and suburban space in a new location capable to foster its own identity. From the local heritage we can build a contemporary image of European urbanity.
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