24H architecture models the “crown” of Nijmegen's Hatert district

The Dutch building is characterised by its strength and sculptural forms

by Malcolm Clark

The social housing project designed by 24H architecture is located in the city of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.

The multi-storey building comes within an urban renewal area which involves the Hatert district and aims at increasing the resident population.

The twelve-storey building, called HATERT HOUSING, was designed to fill the central part of the district which currently lies empty. Its characteristic feature is the sculptural forms which stick out in all directions near the edges.

The perforated metal sheets used to cover the parapets of the balconies which wind their way around the building, provides a design that recalls the veins of a leaf.

The building, constructed by the company Portaal and Talis, responds to the new needs of an integration of housing and services.

The flats have an underground car park with a car lift; the basement, on the other hand, is entirely occupied by a local health centre.

The building blends strength in the dimensions of the structure and careful design of the metallic material.



    Nijmegen / Netherlands / 2011