Brabantbad Towers at Former Prins Hendrikpark in 's-Hertogenbosch
Brabantbad, an ensemble of three residential towers designed by KCAP, brings new life to the site of the former Brabantbad in 's-Hertogenbosch. The slender
Brabantbad, an ensemble of three residential towers designed by KCAP, brings new life to the site of the former Brabantbad in 's-Hertogenbosch. The slender volumes with their round shape and transparent plinths enrich the green surroundings of this part of Prins Hendrikpark. KCAP designs the ensemble in commission of Hertog Bouw (a collaboration of AM, Dura Vermeer, Heijmans, and Hendriks Bouw & Ontwikkeling).
The site of the former swimming pool Brabantbad is located in the Prins Hendrikpark, just outside the centre of 's-Hertogenbosch, the capital of the Dutch province Noord-Brabant. The park embraces the IIzeren Vrouw, a former sand extraction lake, which adds exceptional quality to the park. The municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch has the ambition to make full use of the location of the former Brabantbad and improve the current zoning plan with the development of the tower ensemble.
The ensemble of three towers on the site of the former Brabantbad seeks a visual connection with the "3 Amazones", three towers on the other side of the lake. But unlike these, KCAP's towers reveal subtle mutual differences. Not least in the diversity of the floorplans and housing types. Here, the pie-shaped layouts provide exceptional living experiences and unique panoramic views of the surroundings of the park, the IIzeren Vrouw, and the skyline of 's-Hertogenbosch. The three towers offer together approximately 180 appartments.
The starting point of KCAP’s design is to enrich and enliven the park as much as possible. All this without affecting the park's green experience and at the same time adding social safety to this part of the park. "KCAP designed three slender round-shaped towers that take up minimal space and, due to their staggered positioning, generate maximum views and allow the greenery to spread unhindered between the buildings. Due to their round shape, the towers have no backside and offer an all-round lively character," says Edward Schuurmans, architect and partner of KCAP.
The towers are divided into three vertical sections that are in line with their surroundings: the plinths are designed to be slender and transparent to welcome the residents, guarantee views and interact directly with the surroundings through their programming. The middle section of the towers is at the same height of the trees. Lively balconies on the façade create contact between the dwellings and the park. The upper section is designed more abstractly and becomes part of the skyline of 's-Hertogenbosch.
KCAP's design gives a new impulse to the park, literally through the towers’ minimal footprint. The compact, sustainable buildings incorporate advanced technical solutions such as a heat/cold unit with heat pumps that use the lake's water to provide emission-free heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. The extra parking spaces required will be realised semi-underground and partly by offering a car-sharing concept.