Heatherwick team designs Utrecht centre hub

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UK architect Heatherwick Studio is working with the Netherlands’ Barcode Architects and real estate developer Edge on a culture, work and leisure hub in Utrecht.

This takes the form of a cylindrical timber and steel building called “Oopen” in the Dutch city’s central Jaarbeursplein square. This will contain a public hall for cultural events and exhibitions, incubator offices for start-ups, pop-up cafes and a rooftop restaurant.

There will also be a sports area and a skate park inside the building and in the surrounding square, while landscaped terraces will provide habitats for wildlife. 

Caro van de Venne, Barcode Architects, said: “In Oopen, people are at its heart. It is vibrant and aims to bring people of different cultures, generations and communities together to reflect the true diversity of Utrecht.

“The design is a system of different parts and programmes, cogs working intrinsically together.”

Coen van Oostrom, Edge’s founder, added: “Our collaboration will be a building that fosters healthy work environments. Aligned with Utrecht’s vision of healthy urban living, the building will contribute to the growth of the region.”

Construction on Oopen is due to start in 2025 and it should be complete in 2028.

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