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Occasionally, a project comes along, which  distinguishes itself from the other work. A project that suits you in one way or another. Sometimes it is in the question behind the assignment, sometimes you are triggered by the spatial plan of someone else and you wonder why that plan was drawn at that location, while the environment itself so clearly asks for a specific character. That particularity of the place is something that you recognize or not and is often personal or office specific.

Kapelpolder in Maassluis is one such project. A business park with a small piece of workers' houses from the beginning of the20th century, a stone's throw from the characteristic church island and the port of origin of Maassluis. Long neglected, the business park lies like a forgotten puzzle piece between the historic port and the surrounding residential areas. Along the river, Balkon is now almost finished and further away along the A20 lies the special rural living of Wilgenrijk.

Since the arrival of the Hoekselijn, the center of Maassluis is suddenly 20 minutes from the center of Rotterdam. And with that, the dynamics of Kapelpolder as a business park on top of the center and public transport are definitively shown in a different light.

Fed by the uniqueness of the place, with the historic port and the shipyard of De Haas still as the beating heart in the area, Stijlgroep has developed a high-quality and diverse living and working environment, which really adds something to Maassluis. The vision of Stijlgroep finally makes the Kapelpolder a fully-fledged part of the urban fabric of the city and uses the latent historical and contemporary qualities into the compact and complete environment that Maassluis needs here. It is great to see Stijlgroep's vision catching on and the ambition is being embraced.

Date: 2022
Category: vision, spatial development, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture