JavaScript is off. Please enable it to view the full site.

Cartesius Quarter

Mixed-use urban district, Utrecht [NL]

The Cartesius quarter is bounded by the railway lines to Amsterdam and The Hague and enclosed by the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal as a triangle. Where the Stadsbuitengracht, as a canal and former defense structure, frames the city center of Utrecht, the tracks, together with the slope and the canal, form the defense work of the Cartesius quarter. The sheltered location between the tracks offers the unique opportunity to create a personal environment: a surprising enclave in the city.

felixx-cartesius-map1.jpg

This creates a coherent high urban living environment with a stubborn and inventive character. A character that is a continuation of an industrial past in which seclusion has always ensured an independent place in the city. First as a noisy railway workshop and then as a quiet business park. With the rediscovery of this hidden potential, a unique transformation area is located just steps away from the inner city.

felixx-cartesius-masterplan.jpg

Neighborhoods

The cozy, intimate courtyards and inner gardens of the Utrecht city center are the urban inspiration to break up the inner worlds in Cartess to a smaller grain size. Within the construction fields there is a series of neighborhoods with a system of alleyways, lanes, collective courtyards and inner gardens. With encounters and spontaneous or planned collective activities as a supporting theme. The result is an area with many slow-traffic routes and bright places, where, for example, you can play. At the same time these places ensure a pleasant collectivity, you feel at home because you are part of a neighborhood.

felixx-cartesius-axobuildings.jpg

Cartesiuspark 

The different neighborhoods are interconnected by the Cartesiuspark. This car-free green heart offers all the freedom to relax, play and invites to meet. The Cartesiuspark has three atmospheres with a Utrecht character: the Square, the Park and the Court. This combination of different places creates a distinct and lively inner area. Within these three spheres there are three public anchor points: the CAB building on the square, the pond in the Park and the food pavilion in the Court.

The park is visually extended into the surrounding neighborhoods, which increases the experience. In turn, neighborhoods derive their identity from the different spheres of the Cartesius Park. The transitions between the residences, collective courtyards and the Cartesiuspark have been carefully designed with differences in height and diversity in material types. Physically, the transition is subtle, but clearly marked in management.

felixx-cartesius-dorpentotaal.jpg

axo-dorpen-plein.jpgaxo-dorpen-park.jpgaxo-dorpen-hoven.jpg

Green urban loop

The urban loop forms the green belt around Cartess and is at the same time the connection with the surrounding city. The urban loop establishes – as an important access zone – the link with the environment. The bicycle tunnel under the railway continues this and via the urban loop you will pass an attractive square space that connects the CAB building and station Zuilen. The terrace zones at the front of the buildings along the urban loop provide space for informal use. In addition to the logistics function, the urban loop is a versatile and green 3D sports park. It also functions as a temporary and changing climate landscape. The deepened sports fields are connected to temporary watercourses, sometimes as shallow gutters in the promenade and sometimes as water channels in the green dike. Together they form a buffer during heavy rainfall. Then a stream of water forms in the gutters and the sport fields change into temporary water collection.

felixx-cartesius-fortification.jpg

axo-fortificatie-regen.jpgaxo-fortificatie-regenboog.jpgaxo-fortificatie-zon.jpg

Materialization

The materialization of the landscape supports both diversity and cohesion between the different spaces. In the park and gardens, a collection of warm and tactile materials, generous flowering vegetation and characteristic native trees unites the monumental square, scenic park and organically formed court. The materialization of the linear sports park deviates from the inner park, robust pavement is combined with big gestures in topography, large planters and monumental tree lanes.

felixx-cartesius-sections.jpg

Year

2017

Location

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Type

Masterplan

Client

Aalberts
AM
Blauwhoed
BOEi

Size

15 ha

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Marnix Vink
Deborah Lambert
Steven Broekhof
Mariya Protsyk
Zofia Krzykawska
Ilva Mishtaku
Fanny Genti
Klaudio Ruci
Elan Redekop van der Meulen
Robert-Jan van der Linden
Yuying Shen
Iris van der Walle
Jvantspijker & partners
Barcode Architects
Fabrications
Next Architects
Plein06

List
  1. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  2. Eemsdelta Campus
  3. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  4. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  5. Towards a healthy city by foot
  6. Isle of Dikes
  7. The Unbound Amsterdam
  8. A green entrance for the airport
  9. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  10. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  11. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  12. Cartesius Quarter
  13. Public Space Alpen
  14. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  15. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  16. Jonas Amsterdam
  17. Healthy Tracks
  18. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  19. City Square Tyumen
  20. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  21. Strategic Urban Green Study
  22. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  23. ImageWharf
  24. Ódinstorg Square
  25. Overloon War Museum
  26. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  27. Ludlstrasse Munich
  28. Yaanila Country Park
  29. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  30. Villa Garden
  31. City life in the woods
  32. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  33. Socio-technical city of the future
  34. Buji River
  35. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  36. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  37. Maritime Campus Almere
  38. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  39. Sijthoff
  40. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  41. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  42. City Extension Plan Yangon
  43. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  44. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  45. Fish Market Leuven
  46. Zinder Culture Cluster
  47. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  48. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  49. Strategic Plan Fier
  50. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  51. Kronenburg Business Park
  52. Dharavi Mumbai
  53. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  54. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  55. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  56. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  57. Berlin Am Volkspark
  58. The Museum of the 20th Century
  59. Gardabaer
  60. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  61. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  62. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  63. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  64. Danxia Recreational Park
  65. Campus Lelystad
  66. University Campus San Pedro
  67. Proto Tamansari
  68. City Gardens Tyumen
  69. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  70. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  71. Bandar Lampung Park
  72. R&D Campus Fengxian
  73. S-West Eindhoven
  74. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  75. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
All projects Previous 13 / 76 Next Back to top Show on the map 99695 views