Mecanoo designs the first urban Blue Zone in the Netherlands

The consortium ‘Blue District’ – consisting of MRP Development, Ballast Nedam Development, Mecanoo architecten and several consultants – has won the tender for the Cartesiusdriehoek in Utrecht. This former marshalling yard of the Dutch Railways will be transformed into the first urban blue zone. Mecanoo was responsible for the urban design including architectural and landscape design.

The consortium was chosen by the Dutch Railways and the Municipality of Utrecht to develop the new residential neighbourhood with 2.600 homes, a large central park, a school, a supermarket, catering and various other facilities. The masterplan is based on a scientific theory about areas around the world where people live longer, healthier and happier lives, the so-called blue zones.