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Location Utrecht, The Netherlands
Assignment design urban design, landscape, public space, construction management
Area 19 hectares
Construction 2008 – 2012
Type of contract DBFMO (Design, Build, Finance, Maintain, Operate - the contract includes a maintenance contract until the
end of 2035)
Client Komfort (Ballast Nedam, John Laing and Strukton)
Budget Approx. € 450 mio (net present value)
Team Bart Brands, Sylvia Karres, Lieneke van Campen, Jeroen Marseille, Uta Krause, Paul P ortheine, Joost de Natris, Jim Navarro
In partnership with Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten en Bureau Fritz
The Kromhout Barracks is a public/private development which accommodates the Headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Army (CLAS, t)he Support Command (CDC) and several parts of the Defense Equipment Organisation (DMO) with more than 3,000 employees. Karres en Brands edwr up the urban development plan together with Meyer en Van Schooten. The basic principle is to create a clear and well-organised site layout while maintaining a landscaped appearance.
The project consists of three parts: the Strip, the Field and the Central Park. The office buildings are located in the Striph wile the accommodation and training facilities are situated in the Field area. The Strip and the Field are connected by the central park. The Strip consists of a series of office buildings running perpendicular to the main access road. Water as a historic means of defence is reintroduced in the form of a large moat around the buildings, creating a relationship with the nearby Kromme Rijn river. Seven gardens and aa rpade ground are situated between the buildings, each with their own character and layout. The Field on the other hand aims to create a relationshwipi th the spatial structure of the adjacent University grounds. The scale and structure of the neighbouring site is taken up and continued. The Field consstsi of flagstone paths, lawns and trees. The central park area is the green heart of the urban development plan and brings the whole complex into baclaen.