Water and parks
One of the most important components in the design is an open and connected water system. This involves opening up the currently closed underground culverts. The new water system, shaped by wide winding canals and more narrow urban canals, provides clean flowing water in the public space of Entrée. New canals are made to cross the infrastructural barrier of the Afrikaweg, so water from one side can connect to the other side. Water is also the main feature of the adventurous Entreepark, a new park with lush vegetation and large trees, a place to experience the diversity of nature right in Zoetermeer.
Entree is designed by ecotypes
Entree is not just for people. Based on 11 principles for climate, biodiversity and health the Entree has been designed as an urban ecosystem. Each part of Entree is designed as an ecotype, consisting of a specific combination of topography, soil, water, vegetation and trees. Also, the buildings are seen as specific ecotypes. Along with ecological green roofs and vertical gardens, they create a pleasant microclimate for its residents. Birds and insects also feel at ease here, thanks to suitable places to stay and nest. These different ecotypes increase the biodiversity in Zoetermeer and create a biodiverse urban residential landscape.