Neutelings Riedijk’s sculptural expressions in Leiden station area

Lorentz first construction phase by Dutch studio Neutelings Riedijk, now completed, is part of the redevelopment of the station area in Leiden: softer sculptural expressions emerge than in previous works.

Neutelings Riedijk has completed the first phase of Lorentz, a 36,000 sqm mixed-use complex overlooking Stationsplein. The building is a substantial part of the redevelopment of the area. For this reason, the developers, the construction company, and the Leiden municipality, collaborated in its realization.

Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Lorentz Leiden Phase 1, Leida, Paesi Bassi, 2020. Photo ScagliolaBrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Lorentz Leiden Phase 1, Leida, Paesi Bassi, 2020. Photo ScagliolaBrakkee / © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

The first phase of the urban block consists of a plinth, the commercial core, and two residential towers. The total number of residential units is 167, of which 84 are in the towers, 36 maisonettes, 31 studios, and 16 apartments in the basement, which will also contain the Heineken headquarters and a brewpub. A third tower, this time for offices, is planned for the second phase of the project.

The monumental character of Neutelings Riedijk’s work is less evident in this project - created by a private client - than in public projects such as the Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp or the recently completed Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden.

View of the building from Stationsplein

However, the studio does not renounce to give different sculptural and expressive effects for three main situations. The front of the plinth towards the station is an assembly of red cement blocks. The smaller elevation, facing the residential street, is a composition of bricks and openings with a white cement frame with a quieter expressiveness; finally, the two towers are aluminum-clad, where “the highest tower is champagne colored, and the lowest is bronze.”

Lorentz Leiden, Phase 1
Leiden, Netherlands
Mixed-use building
Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Design team:
Willem Jan Neutelings, Michiel Riedijk, Frank Venhorst, Hilbrand Wanders, Kenny Tang, Julia Söffing Lutz Mürau, Mátyás Bitay, Luuk Stoltenberg, Saba Zahedi Asl, Jonathan de Veen
Architectural engineering:
ABT BV ingenieursbureau
Construction design:
Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Building physics:
DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Installations design:
Building management:
Lendering & Partners
Bouwcombinatie Lorentz VOF/ Van Wijnen West bv, Hurks Bouw en Vastgoedontwikkeling
Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, Van Wijnen Projectontwikkeling West bv
Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance
36.000 sqm

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