The design of 1828 Leidschendam has been developed and modified in response to neighborhood participation. On the municipalities' side, the plan is received with great enthusiasm. A lot of young adults are very much interested in the plan, as shown by nearly 1900 registrations at this point in time. 

“Our latest community living project in Leidschendam faces us with the challenge to integrate a new living-working concept for starters in an area with housing and industrial functions. By introducing a high-density residential block with a range of collective facilities we create a new dynamic urban space that logically finds its position in the urban texture of ongoing redevelopment in Leidschendam. The goal is to find an architectural language which can bridge the gap between current and future residents.”

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Tsveta Ruseva, architect

From industrial/office area to residential area

Nieuwstraat 3 is located adjacent to the development Overgoo, close to tram and train connections while being in walking distance of the city center of Leidschendam. In line with the area development Overgoo, the parcel lends itself well to be transformed from an industrial/office area to a living and working area.

Urban setting and architectural design

Urban setting and architectural design

Bird's eye view

On the rear side of the Nieuwstraat, three buildings form a clear urban scheme. The buildings surround an open space that connects to the adjacent roundabout. The proposed building clearly marks the entrance to the new urban framework. By proposing an all-sided appearance, the open space is defined by a more lively character.
The building consists of 5 layers, with the top layer set back. The architectural expression of the building provides a friendly appearance and a clear address for future residents.

Living and working for starters

Living and working for starters

VOA schedule community living

The building will contain approximately 140 apartments; studio's and two-room apartments. In addition to the residential program, the design includes work spaces in the plinth for residents and other entrepreneurs.

Tailor-made starter homes (concept 1828)
Every residential building design is unique and should be designed like a tailor-made suit according to VOA. In the case of a community-living building, this starts with the definition of the residential program. The basis is a compact efficient dwelling, supplemented with spaces and amenities to share. The amenities to be added and integrated into the design are determined with the help of a "focus group". The focus group consists of future residents between the age of 18 and 28: the target group of 1828-Group. For this group, affordability of living, the availability of homes and preventing loneliness are important issues. This community living concept aims to contribute to a solution to these issues. 

For this specific location rentable studios, flexible work spaces, and collective facilities such as a living room, communal kitchen, outdoor space, bicycle parking facilities, a laundry room, and an event space are considered. The target group's desire for these spaces became evident after several focus group meetings. The target group wishes to experience a sense of homecoming with a welcoming atmosphere. The shared spaces should feel like an extension of their home, where a distinction is between relaxing and seeking activity.


Joeri van Ommeren, Bob Spitz, Tsveta Ruseva, Laura Jansen, Valeriia Pozharska, Janneke Visser
Mark van der Heide Urban Design
1828 Groep
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