Mecanoo’s cylindrical apartments designed to recall gasholders

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has transformed a gasworks in the city of Hilversum into a residential neighbourhood, featuring cylindrical apartment buildings intended to resemble the now-dismantled gasholders.

The Delft-based practice designed the Villa Industria masterplan to provide 357 homes on the former site of the Regional Energy Supply Company in the Dutch city.

The gasworks was originally located on the edge of the city but gradually became enclosed by residential developments as Hilversum expanded.

When the industrial complex was relocated the decision was taken to regenerate the site by introducing a mixture of affordable housing alongside owner-occupied properties, small business units and sports facilities.