Delft, The Netherlands
Willemijn Wilms Floet
Schuttersveld (Geurst & Schulze Architecten, 1997-2003) is a residential development that forms part of the Doelen area in Delft’s historic town center, which in the past few years has undergone a transformation from an unexceptional, second rate neighborhood to a luxury, much sought-after location. The project consists of eight small-scale residential buildings, realized in the internal space of an existing block, which used to accommodate a primary school. The former playground survives as one of the two squares built within the block.
Looking at this new scheme and the project’s details, we identify a gradual transition from the old city center of Delft to the heart of the Schuttersveld in terms of scale, publicness and urbanity. Thus, we ask: what are the instruments used in the Schuttersveld project that allow a coherent urban and residential sequence?