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Roombeek Urban Plan

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Pi de Bruijn
location Enschede
function dwellings, housing, urban plan
contributed by Roderick

On 13 May 2000, a fireworks factory in Enschede's Roombeek neighbourhood exploded. Besides costing many lives, the explosion swept away 43 hectares of the city. The reconstruction plan was devised in close consultation with affected residents who wished to return to the neighbourhood. The history and identity of the area were given a great deal of consideration. Important pillars of the plan include a number of former textile businesses, the original street layout, the route of an old railway line and the idea of reintroducing the 'Roombeek' waterway. Another striking feature is the richly variegated programme of living, shopping, recreation, culture, education and business activity. The realised plan contains projects by known architects such as Benthem Crouwel, Erick van Egeraat, SeARCH, 2012 architects and Claus en Kaan. A large part of the plan is realised by private contractors and contains both free standing villa's and diverse row houses (text from architect's website).

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Roombeek Urban Plan
Roomweg 1
Project is public!
How to get there? Bus 2, 60, 61, 62 to Roombeek. It is also walkable from Enschede railway station (about 15 minutes).
Completion 2008
Architect, Urban plannerPi de Bruijn
Client Projectbureau Wederopbouw
Project ID 4142
Latitude/Longitude 52°13'46N 06°53'44E
Contributed by Roderick
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