Studio Akkerhuis, De Meelfabriek, Leiden, The Netherlands
WINNER: FUTURE PROJECTS - COMMERCIAL MIXED USE
supported by Miele
Notes from the judges on the winning project
"The proposed project (now under construction) revitalises an abandoned industrial site, formerly a flour factory, into a new piece of city with a wide range of uses. The Meelfabriek is a cluster of buildings, largely retained, partially removed to improve permeability and public spaces. Located on the historic green/blue fortification, the Meelfabriek connects routes to the old city centre, and a ring of green parks. Exposing the inner beauty of the internal heroic structures cleverly gives a new value to the historic structures. Twelve buildings on two and a half hectares, comprising 55,000m2, housing, offices, arts centre, sports facilities, and public access to the tops of the buildings - a truly mixed use complex which is permeable to the public thanks to this mix of functions. The Meelfabriek could serve as a model for other industrial brownfield sites."