The future of the city is nature. With nature being a precondition for healthy urban living, we want to bring nature to the doorstep of everyone living in the city, even in a very urban setting. That’s why we are very happy that LOLA Landscape Architects has been selected to join the areal development Merwede in Utrecht. Merwede will be a highly urban, car-free district, with a total of 6.000 houses in the southwest of the city. 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.
For the landscape design we teamed up with MOVE Mobility and Bureau Stadsnatuur and we work in close with the Utrecht municipality, BURA, the developers and (local) stakeholders. Our mutual goal for Merwede is to design an inviting, green and lively public space for this new urban district, with maximum urban nature and a largely car-free public space that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists. We see Merwede as an urban nature area with a great diversity of biotopes and robust green structures, where intuitive navigation leads you to lively public spaces.
At the end of February, the Utrecht municipality gave green light for the zoning plan for the first phase of Merwede. This makes it possible to start with the construction phase for dwellings and the surrounding public space and infrastructure.