• 46 Apartments Maastricht | NL

    Most of the times we are confronted to sites and projects where we have to start from tabula rassa. We start thinking what are the necessities of the city, the neighborhood and also the community who will live in it.

    In this case, the starting point is a very well organized master plan, with a very clear idea about infrastructure, circulation as well as the image that it should bring.

    With our proposal, we reinforce these already developed ideas and we add some aspects that we also consider essential for this particular location.

    We have the pleasure of counting in our site with one of the few rests of the old factory tissue. This element due to its singularity should have enough presence to be able to relocate the past with it.


    The Sphinx area should belong to the city and at the same time preserve its own identity and not forget its past. The old contour therefore would be preserved and opened in several points to allow a neccesary permeability.

    Inner streets

    The transversal streets connect the city center with the new development area. They will be materialized in one unique language together with the existing wall. The “cuts”, perpendicular elevations to them, should bring contrast to these streets: glass, steel, concrete or stucco will be some of the materials of them. All the balconies and terraces should be open inside the building envelope and never invading the street.

    Street profile

    Benches, street lamps, stairs, doors... All those elements would be part of the brick walls of the street, and with this we obtain a clean street profile


    The top floor has a set back to achieve a horizontal street. This level form the fifth elevation of the plan and should bring remembering of the old factory area.

    Location: Maastricht, The Netherlands

    Program: 46 apartments

    Client: Municipality of Maastricht

    Area: 5.313 m2

    Year: 2011

    Status: FINALIST, International competition Europan 10