Connection to the environment
The lot on Kanaleneiland, where the Rock is built, on the corner of Martin Luther Kingweg and Beneluxlaan, is a ten-minute bike ride from the city center. The characteristic hospital ward on the same site has been preserved and transformed into a residential area. From an urban design point of view, Rock connects to the environment with its white facade, the horizontal rhythm of the facade bands and the height. The volumes together form a marker for the campus and for the western access road to Utrecht-Center, while the family of towers gives the area a clear boundary.
The raised ground level of the campus provides space for a deck with a spacious, pleasant inner garden, for all residents to enjoy. Here's Rock's main entrance. The plinth consists of masonry, just like the residential blocks on the garden and the houses next to the plot. Rock looks friendly at plinth level. An almost earthy and cuddly building. And a welcome home feeling for students.