The spatial structure of the Cruquius area is characterised by a framework of public streets and a continuous quay along the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal. Within this framework we distinguish two large collective gardens with each its own sunny neighbourhood square, providing space for meeting, sharing and socializing. Large industrial pavers refer to the industrial history of the site and create a network of paths and squares that run trough the softly undulating and lushly planted gardens. An internal route, that is supported by special planting and a sequence of folly-like objects, connects the two main squares. The existing steel crane on site is preserved and reprogrammed into an industrial icon for the future.
The green spaces and the flexible building structures allow for a sustainable development with special attention to social sustainability. The differentiation of housing types, spaces for working and facilities promote interaction between the buildings and the surroundings to create a safe and pleasant living environment. These elements encourage social cohesion in the area and create an inclusive neighbourhood for and by residents, users and visitors.