MVRDV's masterplan for the site of Buitenplaats Koningsweg, a former military barracks which is now a cultural enclave on the edge of the Hoge Veluwe National Park, attempts to unify the diverse structures and landscapes of the site and provide a blueprint for their future development. The wide variety of buildings and exceptional natural environments encompassed by the site require a light touch approach and a clear set of guidelines for renovations, extensions, landscaping, boundary walls and other functional elements. The masterplan provides a vision for the site's physical development which makes readable layered structure of the historic site.
KKN and ZP are two former military complexes built by the Germans during the Second World War. Both are as an ensemble National Monuments. As remnants of the war times, the site is still occupied by aircraft hangars, barracks and concrete bunkers disguised as
The campus-like creative character of the site will be the framework for the area’s transformation in a working and living quarter. By creating a new North-South line as a cultural corridor Arnhem will be connected to the Veluwe again. This line will connect the
Buitenplaats Koningsweg Noord will be transformed into an area with flexible offices spaces and housing. Zeven Provincien will be transformed into a residential area consisting of a large house and 7 patio houses. The forest and
The interventions range from dark grey for the new developments, additions and adaptions in order to stay on the background and light grey for the reconstructions exposing the bunkers’ concrete structure to new insertions to highlight the existing historic site. In the forest and heath area, follies can be developed with camouflage as the main concept like tree housing and housing under the ground disappearing into
MVRDV’s masterplan provides a vision for the site’s physical development which makes a readable layered structure of the historic and monumental site. In this way, the historical importance of Buitenplaats Koningsweg can be preserved while continuously being developed and upgraded as a living and working environment.
More information about Buitenplaats Koningsweg can be found here: https://www.buitenplaatskoningsweg.nl/
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