Phase 1 of the student campus (Y)ours Leiden was officially opened on Monday 15th June. A total of 593 student residences and 117 starter homes have been completed in the first phase; all of them are already occupied. The first shops on campus have also opened their doors.
Located in the oldest university town in the Netherlands, the large scale (Y)ours Leiden development will become the most socially sustainable student campus in the country. The car-free campus is situated around a park like public square, connecting the green canal zone of Leiden with the ROC square and Lammenschans railway station.
The buildings around the square vary in height from six to sixteen levels. The facades are characterized by their differences in height, width, colour, and materials, creating a modern interpretation of the Leiden canal district. The design gives the campus a highly urbanized yet intimate and contemporary look.
The entire development, consisting of 1,900 student residences, 208 starter homes, as well as shops, restaurants and service facilities, will be completed by 2018.
The design, development, construction, and operation of this new district is a collaboration between Mecanoo, Syntrus Achmea, Vorm, Ballast Nedam, and student housing association Duwo.