A new residential development will soon pop up in the gorgeous Dutch countryside a quick bicycle ride away from the heart of Amsterdam. This idyllic neighborhood, named Klein Kadoelen, is set on a former factory site returned to nature with grazing cows, canals, and lush meadows. Designed by DELVA Landscape Architects/Urbanism and Houben/Van Mierlo, Klein Kadoelen straddles urban and rural living and will sustainably insert contemporary design in an area rich with landscape history.
Located between two dikes and a centuries-old street with traditional Dutch houses, Klein Kadoelen will overlook beautiful views of the nearly 600-year-old Wilmkebreekpolder, a reclaimed meadow/polder in the middle of the district. The residential development will consist of 48 dwellings arranged in a layout informed by the existing topography for an organic feel. The houses are densely clustered together separated by small brick-lined streets and alleys that can lead to unexpected expanses of landscape. A public square will be located at the heart of the development and abundant landscaping knits the neighborhood together.
Inspired by the surroundings neighborhoods, the Klein Kadoelen houses will feature gabled roofs, timber construction, and a natural color palette of whites, grays, blues, and greens to match the landscape. A variety of housing types will give the new neighborhood visual interest and character. “[It’s] a beautiful location, hidden in the neighborhood, between the large urban developments on the IJ and the unique ‘Waterland’ nature reserve north of Amsterdam,” write DELVA Landscape Architects. “The core of this plan is to blend the neighborhood in to a natural, sustainable way in the existing urban and rural context.” The project’s first phase is expected to be complete in early 2018.
Images via DELVA Landscape Architects/Urbanism