A+Awards special mention for public space Merwede

20 June 2024

With the yearly A+Awards, Architzer is honoring the World’s Best Architecture and Spaces. At the presentation of the 2024 awards, the landscape design of the public space of Merwede Utrecht received a special mention. LOLA Landscape Architects is designing Utrecht’s newest urban district as a car-free area, where green is the starting point.

Merwede is to become an inviting, green, and lively high-density urban district of 6,000 homes spanned over 24ha in southwest Utrecht. With nature being a precondition for healthy urban living, maximizing urban nature in a car-free public space that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists is a priority. The nature-inclusive design goes hand in hand with climate adaptation and the social design of the city.

For the landscape design, LOLA Landscape Architects teamed up with Bureau Stadsnatuur to work in close collaboration with the Utrecht Municipality, BURA, and other stakeholders.

Design: 2022-2024
Client: Gemeente Utrecht

I.c.w: Bureau Stadsnatuur, AM, Boelens de Gruyter, BPD, Greystar, G&S Vastgoed, Janssen de Jong, Lingotto, Round Hill Capital, 3T Vastgoed, Synchroon
Urban plan: BURA, OKRA

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Preliminary design public space of Merwede

The car-free public space is green where possible

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