Urban symbiosis with an open end
In 2001 Helena Casanova and Jesús Hernández won Europan 6 in Groningen. The first phase of construction was completed in 2012. A mortar depot first needed to be relocated and subsequently the economic crisis and the slump in market demand severely hampered further progress. The project was named De Stadswerf and is a part of the city that is open-ended because the full plan is not yet completed. The first phase of construction comprises 84 housing units including the apartment building but without the image-defining, long strip with quayside housing.
Europan Nederland made a booklet about the first phase of contruction. Robert-Jan de Kort wrote the main article. The booklet costs € 9 and is available via Europan Nederland.
Exactly when work on the master plan will continue is uncertain at the present moment, but De Stadswerf is already a neighbourhood to be proud of!