Utrecht - Utrecht is a charming university city, a progressive and innovative conurbation which is perfectly suited to being a pioneer in the field of sustainable urban developments. A city which can rebel against the rapid, nature-less urbanization process. Stefano Boeri and MVSA architects therefore designed two buildings instead of one large construction mass, in order to reinforce the natural charm of the city while meeting the requirements of the surrounding area. The Arcadis landscape architects department was responsible for designing the interconnecting roof gardens.
The two towers are based on the relationship between nature and technology. Tower 1 is ‘introvert’. It is covered with trees which embrace the tower, thereby becoming part of what the architect Stefano Boeri refers to as ‘understated architecture’. Tower 2 provides the contrast. The Tower 2 greenery is indoors, and is visible through the glass (with windows which can be opened). And so the building is ‘extrovert’.
Green is key in the Wonderwoods concept. A link has been established between the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park and the vertical woods of Tower 1, the atria of Tower 2 and the rooftop gardens. The rolling hills of that landscape are continued here. Only local greenery will be used, after being tested for suitability for the extreme conditions.