De Waalhoven is a large-scale opportunity for Nijmegen to create a new residential area based on community building principles: sustainability, connectivity and landscape. The design team developed an urban quarter built upon an integrated approach to urban planning, landscape design and architecture with particular attention to the natural environment. The urban vision for around 570 houses responds to the unique dike and fluvial landscape, the development of the suburb De Waalsprong, and the history of Nijmegen. As stated in the name of the project itself (Waalhoven in Dutch means the Waal’s courtyards), the typology of the collective courtyard building is an essential quality of the design.
The Waalsprong, an urban development at the outskirts of Nijmegen Noord, is a response to the shortage of housing in the city. The new neighborhood De Waalhoven will create a sustainable transition between the river landscape and the Waalsprong district. It connects architecturally to the city itself, but also the smaller scale of local buildings, making a new highly recognizable plan. De Waalhoven is designed as a car-free and climate-proof district, based on the principles of the circular economy and promoting a healthy lifestyle. As such, the district is ready to respond flexibly to future developments.