porseleinen hof, Delft
Porseleinen Hof is located at the western tip of the Railway Zone, also known as Nieuw Delft, and is seen as a cornerstone of the development area. This cornerstone is formed by a tall landmark on Site 8.5 and a cluster of ground-access houses on Site 8.3. Designing both sites in unison has allowed parking, shared car use and shared outdoor spaces, roof gardens and programme to be optimally integrated with one another, resulting in a pleasant and differentiated residential environment.
The basis of both plan areas is formed by a rational building structure in which car parking and bike storage facilities at ground level and apartments above blend seamlessly with each other.
The sculptural appearance of the tower, faced in white-glazed ceramic tiles, ensures that Porseleinen Hof appears different from all sides
This clear structure makes it possible to articulate the volumes as sculptural buildings that architecturally express the differentiated programmes we are creating on this site. A programme that is firmly anchored in its surroundings and connects with the water and greenery structure that forms part of the framework of Nieuw Delft. This ambition is beautifully expressed in the ‘View of Delft’ master plan as follows: “a differentiated cityscape that respects existing characteristics without simply copying them.”
Entrances to the homes and the (micro) apartments in Porseleinen Hof are situated around the outside of the block (except for those facing the water), as are the ground-floor spaces that border the car parking areas. Located on the ground floor is an attractively designed café facing onto Papsouwselaan. The result is lively plinths along streets and the park. At the heart of the tower is an atrium, with a flight of steps taking residents and visitors from the ground to the first floor. Apart from the shared roof garden on the third floor of the tower, all homes larger than 50 m2 have their own outdoor space in the form of a balcony or roof terrace.
The most important element of Porseleinen Hof is the landmark tower on Papsouwselaan, which marks the entrance to Nieuw Delft on the west side of the plan area. The sculptural appearance of the tower, faced in white-glazed ceramic tiles, ensures that Porseleinen Hof appears different from all sides.
The spacious atrium in the heart of the building gives an expression to the communal living in Porseleinen Hof. The sky bar, located on the fourth floor, provides access to a collective roof terrace, surrounded by an intensive green roof and planters. The collective indoor and outdoor spaces allow residents to meet all year round. A private car is not necessary – large bicycle parking, shared cars and a good connection to the tram and bus station make sustainable transport possible.