MVRDV designs “pointillist” masterplan for Netherlands technology campus

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Dutch architect MVRDV has announced a masterplan to extend the campus of the corporate Noviotech Campus in Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands.

The project will connect the currently disjointed campus and join it to the surrounding city, doubling the leasable space to 300,000 sq m and adding green areas, including green rooftops and facades.

Using the existing buildings as a base, six structures will be preserved to cut carbon emissions.

The buildings will form a grid and new builds will be added across three development phases.

The centre of the grid will be a green spine, with the Goffert train station in the north and sports facilities in the south.

Winy Maas, MVRDV founding partner, said: “We follow the principles of forest gardening, and follow the seasons. We are trying to increase knowledge of planting mixtures; In the tradition of Mien Ruys and Piet Oudolf, we are now entering the phase of hyper-mixtures that aim to intensify and cultivate the complexity of nature on all fronts.”

“My hope is that the Noviotech Campus will not only become part of Nijmegen’s ecological infrastructure, but that it will in itself show the wonder and beauty of this new ‘man-made’ nature. The greenery also continues on the building façades and roofs, extending this blend of nature vertically as well as horizontally.”

The campus extension is due to be carried out across the next 10 to 12 years.

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