District-U takes shape

19 May 2022

In Vlaardingen, LOLA is designing the public space of District-U. This new urban district is a redevelopment of the old Unilever campus, situated along the Nieuwe Waterweg river, based on a master plan by Studio for New Realities. Approximately 800 dwellings will be realized in this new district, with a wide variety of sizes and target groups. The ambition is to create a new lively and highly urban area where people can live, work, learn and create in a green environment.

The landscape design integrates as many existing materials and objects as possible, including the pavement of concrete slabs. Next to the regular pavers, there is a wide variety of odd-sized slabs. These have been cataloged, preserved and will be reused in the future plan. Regular slabs are used for the central walkway, while the deviating sizes form a differentiation in the paving pattern.

In the coming months, LOLA Landscape Architects will further develop the plans together with clients Van Adrighem Group, Leyten, co-designer Studio for New Realities, Gebiedsmanagers and the municipality of Vlaardingen. Construction is expected to start end of 2022.

Client: Van Adrighem Group, Leyten
I.c.w.: Studio for New Realities, Gebiedsmanagers

A destination along the river and metro (one of eight design principles)

Overview of the odd sized concrete slabs

Re-use of existing materials is characteristic for the new public space

Impressions of the wide variety of spaces for activity and encounter

Axos of the re-use of existing concrete slabs

Recent news

Evolueden – Park design Evoluon

The Evoluon is one of the best-known Dutch icons of modernist techno-optimism. The Eindhoven municipality commissioned LOLA to study the potential transformation of the Evoluon Park, to reconnect it to the, to double its size by merging it with the adjacent Oppenheimer Park, and to add complementary built program.… More

Matosinhos Innovation District

Galp Energia’s former Matosinhos refinery will turn into a green and innovative eco-district with housing, a university campus, a large park, and various facilities. Galp launched an international design competition for this large-scale transformation with MVRDV, OODA and LOLA as the winning team.… More

LOLA joins Merwede

LOLA Landscape Architects has been selected to join the areal development Merwede in Utrecht. Merwede will be a highly urban, car-free district. Focusing on the public space as Merwede biotope, we aim to design plenty of green space for biodiversity, sustainable living and relaxation in an attractive environment.… More