Leeuwenhart is strategically located in the transition area between the multicultural Afrikaanderwijk district and the new Parkstad developments in Rotterdam-South.
Hilledijk, the street that encloses the plan area on two sides, forms an important lead in defining the urban design concept. The greenery along the dike penetrates as far as possible into the heart of the plan.
Leeuwenhart is inclusive, diverse and above all: Leeuwenhart connects!
Routes of varying importance connect this central public park to the surrounding urban fabric. This results in a plan that isn’t sealed off from its context, but that forms an important hinge between the various areas that come together here.
Each building block within the ensemble of four residential buildings and a school has a recognizable identity, which is visible not only in the architectural elaboration, but also in the programming of the courtyards. The generous plinth along Paul Krugerstraat houses a public programme.
In addition to the central public park, the landscape design includes three collective gardens, each with its own character: a patio, a production garden and a courtyard with a Mediterranean atmosphere. Special attention has been paid to the design of the plinths and the transition zones between the public, collective and private domains. The wide variety of front and back gardens, terraces, planting areas, decks and encroachment zones provides varying levels of privacy, depending on the precise location in the plan area.
The facades of the blocks are composed on a grid and constructed of masonry in various shades of reddish brown. The orthogonal grid is enlivened by arches and curves in places. Within the grid, laser-cut panels and ceramic tiles add refinement and a level of detail.
Sustainability is an important pillar of the design. In addition to various solutions for energy sustainability, the water issue has also been carefully considered and integrated into the landscape design. Themes such as social sustainability, circularity and nature inclusivity are an integral part of the project.