In 1995 the former barracks Limos, on the east of Nijmegen, became an area for potential new development. The complex is characterised as a green island in the city with it’s own unique history. The city estate has potential to become a new neighbourhood in the city for people who want to live and work in urban yet green environment.
OKRA’s proposal utilises the character of the barracks as the starting point for the plan. The tangible history, the neighbouring landscape, the undulations in the terrain and the existing vistas are guides for placing the new housing units. Providing contrast to the surroundings by placing large solitary building blocks in an informal and open structure. The new ensemble opens like a fan to the green scenery surrounding. Slopes and undulations are used in the surface to create recessed forms that can accommodate parking, while minimising the visual impact and retaining the strongest landscape experience.
Replacing the barracks by carefully positioned buildings, which have an open structure, linking the strong urban character of west Limos with the greener area of east Limos. With these interventions the city and city estate begin a new interactions, a new friendship.