Kooiplein Leiden [NL]

The area for the restructuring of the 'Kooiplein' square in Leiden forms the future heart of Leiden North, with a community center around a plaza on the water and a green park area which connects the city quarters to the north and south along a main city axis.

Besides the restructuring of the traffic intersection, the plan envisages the construction of 851 parking spaces, 5.300 m2 commercial facilities, a community school with library facilities and 4.400 m2 of which 2.000 m2 for social use. 432 residential units will be completed revealing a variety of living environments and types.

Kooiplein is being developed into a modern but familiar city center with an appropriate level of urbanity in the multicultural North of Leiden. The project is more than just making a 'living room' for Leiden North, it is also giving shape to a major city entrance to Leiden and realising a green connection between Leiden and its surrounding countryside. It provides the chance for the district and for the city to add the dimension of a community center, a city entrance and a green urban link to its image.

Client Proper-Stok, De Sleutels
Program Restructuring of public transport node, 851 parking spaces, 5.300 m2 commercial facilities,  school with library, communal facilities and 432 residential units
Time 2008 - present
Role Masterplanner
Participating parties Municipality of Leiden