ARC Rokkeveen is co-created together with the inhabitants. This group of inhabitants consists of people with a mutual desire – to live in an apartment located in a green oasis of peace, where the indoor and outdoor areas are inextricably linked.
ARC Rokkeveen is a small-scale apartment complex, developed in Co-Commissioning (MO).
15 Apartments, BVO 2000 m2
Arthur Nuss, Tomáš Beránek, Jony Nederend, Kallia Theodoraki and Dennis Lazurka
For us, ARC Rokkeveen stands for bold urban and well built living, bordered by green edges and with high sustainable ambitions, both in the appearance of the building and for its residents. A vertical garden of apartments is being realized together with the inhabitants.
At an urban planning level, the ARC Rokkeveen apartment complex fits in well with the location. The 4-storey section connects to the adjacent existing 8-storey apartment complex and the 3-storey section connects to the single-family homes to the east of the building.
The intention is to meet each inhabitant’s personal living experience as closely as possible: in both the individual and collective housing wishes and in the architecture of the building. From a flexible wire model, the residents could choose their ideal apartment size by connecting homes horizontally and / or vertically. The house sizes therefore vary from 45 – 55 – 70 – 100 and 130 m2. There is no standard home. Everyone lives in a tailor-made self-built house. There are 4 maisonettes and 6 ground floor apartments.
ARC Rokkeveen has a recognizable entrance opposite the parking spaces. This ensures a visible and user-friendly entrance. The private outdoor spaces on the ground floor are designed as verandas which are 30 cm higher than the public green. This creates a natural transition between the public and private outdoor space. The verandas have a fairly open character due to the use of planters as a boundary fence, which provides social control and liveliness towards the street.
The plants are continued in the facade and roof. These plants provide the necessary greenery to the building. The surrounding public greenery is thus brought into the building in the form of a vertical garden.
Furthermore, the building is characterized by an internal bicycle shed, with space for an average of 4 bicycles per apartment. This means that there will not be too many bicycles in the public space and there is a safe shed for the bicycle.
An atrium in the heart of the building ensures that the general areas with the entrances to the apartments also have a pleasant appearance due to the incidence of daylight.
From a flexible wire model, the residents can choose the position within the building and the desired size of the apartment. The residents can then determine the layout of the house in consultation with the architect. Unique to ARC Rokkeveen is that in addition to the layout of the house, the residents can also choose from a number of options for the facade layout and the outdoor areas. As a result, the future residents also influence the architectural appearance of the building.
A rulebook has been designed for the architecture of the facades in which the uniform identity of the building and the individual interpretation of the residents go hand in hand. In other words, individual interpretation is possible within a uniform grid of brick frames. Cantilevered balconies add plasticity to the façade, enhancing the façade’s identity and legibility.
The first storey is materialized in black / gray brick and the three storeys above it in green / gray brick. This gives the building a clear plinth and the superstructure appears to ‘float’, as it were, relative to the dark plinth below.
ARC Rokkeven will be a BENG-certified apartment complex. A number of interventions have contributed to this: panels with photovoltaic cells have been installed on the roof that generate solar energy. To reduce energy consumption, the houses are well insulated by high-quality insulation material and the use of HR +++ glass. Outdoor sun protection and floor cooling ensure that the homes have a pleasant indoor climate, even in summer.