The two tower blocks are being built on the site of the ‘old’ GAK office, between Dierenriemstraat and Zonnelaan. Nijestee has worked with MWPO to develop the overall plan, according to the design created by architectural firm AAS in Groningen. Plegt-Vos, the Assen-based contractor, is responsible for the build of both tower blocks.
A shared focus gets resultsJan Jaap Vogel, Director of Real Estate at Nijestee: “There’s a huge demand for homes among young people and first-time buyers in the Groningen residential market. Over half of all those registered on WoningNet are below 35 years old and living on their own. The construction of Atlas and House of Groningen was initiated through the BouwJong programme, in which we - as a key stakeholder within the city - collaborated with the municipality. The tower blocks are a great example of what can be achieved when the realisation of housing for young people becomes a shared focus. The question now is how we can adopt a similar approach in respect of other themes, such as housing and health care.”
AtlasNijestee’s Atlas residential tower block will have 17 floors and a height of approximately 55 metres. The tower block will comprise a total of 224 semi-independent residential units. The building will accommodate young people of between 18 and 27 years old. Each room will have its own bathroom and kitchenette. The residents of every seven rooms will share a full kitchen, living room and balcony. All homes are intended as social housing.
House of GroningenCurlew’s residential tower block, House of Groningen, will have 23 floors and a height of approximately 70 metres. The tower block will comprise 131 social housing homes (two-roomed apartments) and 28 private sector homes (three-roomed apartments). The apartments in House of Groningen will be rented to young professionals starting out on their residential careers.
Both residential tower blocks are being constructed without a gas supply and are instead connected to the WarmteStad network for heating and hot water. The youth housing will soon be on the offer of Ghuus.nl.