Unique construction project: Curaçaostreet in Groningen

Last year, Lefier StadGroningen gave the green light for the construction of a residential building on Curaçaostraat in Groningen. The decision was made after approximately 70% of the units were sold. The units that were not sold were taken over by the housing association to guarantee that the plan would be put into action. The architectural firm KAW designed the building and Assen-based Plegt Vos (main contractor) built the modern complex.

It consists of five storeys containing a total of 16 family residential units and 20 apartments, all of which are intended for sale. The premises also contain 22 interlinked independent living units for rent. The latter are intended for people who give and receive informal care.

The family units are located on the ground floor. These units have a spacious living room with an open-plan kitchen, a toilet and a garden. The first floor of the unit consists of three bedrooms, a bathroom and a utility room for the washing machine and dryer.

The apartments are approximately 41m2 in size and are located on the fifth floor of the complex. They have a small entrance area, a living room with open-plan kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom and a balcony that receives plenty of light. The interlinked independent living units are located between these floors.

As part of this project, Holonite furnished the 16 family units with custom-made benches which are fully integrated into the façade. This makes the residential building both unique and distinctive when compared to standard family homes. The benches enable residents to sit in the sun at the front of their homes. They can also be re-purposed as attractive window sills that enhance the urban environment in Groningen.