MVRDV won a competition to design the housing in Eindhoven's Bergen neighbourhood, which will redevelop an inner city around Deken van Someren Street. It follows yesterday's news that the Dutch studio will build a new skyscraper in Rotterdam.
The 29,000-square-metre Nieuw Bergen will reuse old buildings on the site and add new structures to create seven buildings of different sizes, providing 40 homes, 270 square metres of urban farming space and 1,700 square metres for businesses.
The Dutch firm developed the jagged outline by drawing imaginary planes at 45-degree angles from the base of neighbouring residential buildings. It is intended to bring the maximium amount of natural light into the housing and the parks slotted between, but also references the pitched roofs of traditional buildings in the area.
"Natural light plays a central role in Nieuw Bergen, as volumes follow a strict height limit and a design guideline that allows for the maximum amount of natural sunlight, views, intimacy and reduced visibility from street levels," said MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs.
"Pocket parks also ensure a pleasant distribution of greenery throughout the neighborhood and create an intimate atmosphere for all."
Community gardens and greenhouses will top some of the buildings, while most of the slanting roofs will be covered with grass and planting, following a growing trend for plant-covered design.
It is also among a series of sustainable elements that MVRDV has incorporated in the scheme, which also includes solar panels and a recharge station for electric cars, and rainwater collection. Rainwater will also be collected and reused, with some forming water play areas.
The architects have selected a neutral material palette for the scheme. Facades made up of a combination of glazed ceramics, stone, wood and concrete will create white and grey tones in a mixture of shiny and rough finishes.
Balconies puncturing the walls will provide residents with generous outdoor space.
MVRDV – which ranked at number nine on the inaugural Dezeen Hot List – collaborated with SDK Vastgoed, Iris Advies and Stam + De Koning Bouw on the scheme.
The studio, which is also led by Winy Maas and Nathalie de Vries, has recently completed two major projects: a High Line-esque elevated park in Seoul, and a tower block that resembles a giant staircase in Poznan.