Student Campus Yours Leiden

Leiden, Netherlands

Architecture, Urbanism, Residential, University / Campus

Status: Ongoing
Project Design: 2011 - 2017
Project Realisation: 2013 - 2021
Address: Omegaplantsoen, 2321 JK Leiden
Client: VORM Ontwikkeling, Ballast Nedam

Awards: 4.3 ha student campus with 1,900 student apartments, 200 starter homes, retail, restaurants and service facilities.

Leiden, the oldest university town in the Netherlands, will have the country’s most sustainable student campus. Yours Leiden will link the currently inaccessible Lammenschans park to the canal, Beta square and the Lammenschans train station.

The green public space defines the campus. Lawns, ponds and planters with seating edges invite the inhabitants to go outside to meet up and relax. Bicycle paths run across the campus, connecting it to the city centre.

Parking has been placed below decks with sports fields. The buildings at the heart of the development vary in height from six to sixteen levels.

The facades are characterised by differences in width, colour, and materials. The design gives the campus a highly urbanised yet intimate look, as a contemporary interpretation of the historic Leiden city centre.

The same diversity is reflected in the types of homes. The large student housing complexes are divided into smaller units with a private entrance on the ground floor. After completing their studies, students will have the opportunity to transfer to the starter homes.

The design also allows for the potential conversion of student residences into starter homes or supported living apartments.

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