Altoon Partners announces the construction of Hoog Catherijne Mixed-use project in the Netherlands
Altoon Partners, working with Corio, one of Europe’s leading retail developers has begun the retail phase of construction for Hoog Catharijne, the Netherlands most visited retail and entertainment centre. The large-scale redevelopment began in Utrecht more than 10 years ago. The architects are responsible for the master planning, conceptual design, schematic design, design development, design review of documentation, and construction administration.
“Understanding that a project of this scale would involve a number of public and private stakeholders including the City of Utrecht and Corio, and would require a significant time span to complete, early on we established a framework for decision-making that would allow the project to evolve,” said William J. Sebring, AIA, partner and managing director of the Altoon Partners Amsterdam office. “We focused on knowing the essence of the city and designed spaces and buildings that would connect with the urban fabric, the tenants and the customers for years to come.”
The retail phase will add 35,000 sq m of new retail, restaurants and cafes, and will renovate an additional 90,000 sq m of existing retail space within the 350,000 sq m development. A new residential component will also be part of the design along with a new 250 room hotel with views over the adjacent canal.
A distinctly urban approach is evident throughout, which respects the scale and restraint of Utrecht’s historic centre. The design contributes to the many districts that make up the original development, becoming an integral part of the urban fabric of the city, including the revived canal that circles the historic city centre.
Just Hulshof, Associate AIA, associate partner and project architect says: “Seeing Hoog Catherijne take physical shape is especially rewarding for us as architects. At Altoon Partners we design to build and we remain fully involved in bringing our shared vision of the project to life.”