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City life in the woods

Landscape design for a mixed-use building

Situated in a wooded area shaped by rivers and creeks lies ‘Autumn Joy’, a former retirement home which will be transformed into a mixed-use building. It is located near the city centre of Genk and surrounded by large trees that provide a peaceful ambiance. The landscape design plays into these forest features and enhances the relationship between the building and the woods.

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The existing structure of the building is reused, opening up new possibilities for co-working spaces and a variation of apartments that appeal to a diverse set of residents. All apartments have their own balcony, which can be turned into a winter garden with a foldable glass door. Residents can also make use of the semi-private garden with play facilities around the building or the collective roof garden, which is set up as an urban farm and can be used to harvest vegetables and herbs.

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The ecological landscape design makes use of the rules and dynamics of the forest. These serve as guidelines to integrate and combine various strategies: sustainability, water storage, reuse, planting, climate and health. The landscape reconnects Autumn Joy with its natural environment and fully makes it a part of the forest. It is the first development in a series of forest rooms between the city centre of Genk and the local school campus. This wooded area will be enriched with a structure of compact landscape rooms, in which several new residential areas are fitted carefully amongst nature.

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Year

2019

Location

Genk, Belgium

Type

Landscape

Client

SOM Project
Bremco Haex

Size

1 ha

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Marnix Vink
Deborah Lambert
John de Groot
Eduardo Marin Salinas
Ilva Mishtaku
Elan Redekop van der Meulen
Thyra Bakker
Binst Architects
Arcadis

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  5. Healthy Tracks
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  10. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  11. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  12. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  13. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  14. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  15. Jonas Amsterdam
  16. A green entrance for the airport
  17. Public Space Alpen
  18. Cartesius Quarter
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  20. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  21. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  22. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  23. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  24. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  25. City Square Tyumen
  26. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  27. Strategic Urban Green Study
  28. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  29. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  30. ImageWharf
  31. Ódinstorg Square
  32. Overloon War Museum
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  34. Ludlstrasse Munich
  35. Yaanila Country Park
  36. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  37. Villa Garden
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  39. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  40. Socio-technical city of the future
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  42. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  43. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  44. Maritime Campus Almere
  45. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  46. Sijthoff
  47. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  48. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  49. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  50. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  51. Fish Market Leuven
  52. Zinder Culture Cluster
  53. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  54. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  55. Strategic Plan Fier
  56. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  57. Kronenburg Business Park
  58. Dharavi Mumbai
  59. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  60. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  61. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  62. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  63. Berlin Am Volkspark
  64. The Museum of the 20th Century
  65. Gardabaer
  66. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  67. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  68. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  69. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  70. Danxia Recreational Park
  71. Campus Lelystad
  72. Proto Tamansari
  73. City Gardens Tyumen
  74. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  75. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  76. Bandar Lampung Park
  77. R&D Campus Fengxian
  78. S-West Eindhoven
  79. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  80. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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