OKRA and De Zwarte Hond design new climate-adaptive residential area

The urban plan for the new Woonpark Gorecht, based on a design by OKRA and the Rotterdam-based office De Zwarte Hond, is the final piece in the renewal of the Gorecht-West district in Hoogezand (NL). Woonpark Gorecht will be a diverse and climate-adaptive residential area where existing and new residents can live and stay in pleasant green spaces.

The approximately seven-hectare residential park consists of a central park and landscaped ‘residential meadows’ that give a special quality to the neighbourhood, the surroundings and the living environment. There will be 126 new rental homes, and 52 existing ones will be integrated into the green residential area.

Sustainability is an important theme in the design of Woonpark. The public space will be climate-adaptive with an abundance of greenery, stimulating movement and meeting, and the buildings will be energy-neutral.

The design came about in an interactive process with the municipality of Midden-Groningen, housing corporation Lefier and residents. People were shown life-size visualisations and were able to view the future living environment with VR glasses.