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Wonderwoods wins tender 'Healthy Urban Quarter'!

Utrecht: a city that stands for healthy urban living for everyone. A city of wholesome inhabitants in a healthy living environment, working on a healthy economy. Where everyone can participate, and everyone can feel at home.  

 

In October 2016, the City of Utrecht announced its ambitions for the ‘Healthy Urban Quarter’ at the Expo Real in Munich. A tender in which sustainability, liveability, green space and health were the core values.

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By joining forces with architects such as Stefano Boeri from his ‘Bosco Verticale’ in Milan, MVSA Architects and Koninklijke Ginkel Groep, Wonderwoods showed the municipality of Utrecht that they had understood the ambitions for the ‘Healthy Urban Quarter’. Green, liveable, healthy and sustainable.

“The idea of building a tower completely surrounded by trees came to me in 2007 in Dubai when I was following the frantic construction of a city in the desert consisting of dozens of new towers and skyscrapers. All were clad in glass or ceramic or metal. Thus, they reflected the sunlight and acted as heat generators in the air but especially on the ground: the area inhabited by pedestrians. I later learnt that 94% of tall buildings in the world built after 2000 are covered in glass, creating increasingly artificial cities.”

 

— Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Architect

At the end of 2017, the Wonderwoods Development consortium consisting of G&S Vastgoed and KondorWessels Projecten won the Wonderwoods tender. Utrecht: a city that dares to counteract the rapid nature-less urbanization. A city that invests in new architecture, so-called “living buildings”. But above all a progressive and innovative city that, together with the arrival of Wonderwoods, supports a healthy and urban ecosystem.

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