Dutch minister Blok opens student accommodation De Vries van Heijstplantsoen Delft

The student accommodation De Vries van Heijstplantsoen will be officially opened on Tuesday, June 25, by Dutch minister Blok.

The student accommodation is located in the university quarter of the Delft Technical University (TUD). This inner-city project is a combination of a new building and the renovation of a (partly) monumental building, built in 1923. The student apartments can be used for short-stay and for long-stay rental.

The ensemble contains 295 residential units in two buildings. The new 6-storey, u-shaped building offers 212 residential units and 15 shared apartments. The renovated villa houses 6 units and 6 shared apartments. The concept and distribution of the residential units reflects the current request for students’ living space. In the future, depending on the market, the units can be adjusted. With this concept, the design follows a flexible and sustainable approach.

With its contour, material and solid and quiet appearance, the new building shows respect for the monumental villa and the surrounding buildings. The composition of the façade with its high and vertically oriented openings and the horizontal and vertical brick surfaces presents a playful quietness. The inner outdoor space between the new building and the villa has a intimate atmosphere, enhancing the feeling of social connection. At the same time it offers defined visual connections to the outside.

The De Vries van Heijstplantsoen was originally a laboratory for general and analytical chemistry of the university. It gained its monumental status because of the main stair case.