The research project ‘Space for the Intermediate Size’ presents a variety of forms of collective housing development. Main question was: how can spatial and process characteristics of the intermediate dimension and with collective value be applied in the Netherlands?
Looking across to Belgium and Germany, various interesting housing projects are recently constructed. In the building practice of these countries, projects with an intermediate size are a common phenomenon. The development, on a common plot, of a limited number of houses in one large building – between the size of a detached house and an urban block – leads to a steady stream of remarkably rich architecture. Living qualities such as high floors, good day lighting, carefully designed transitions between private and public but also (pragmatic) collective spaces, and an open relationship with its surroundings are common features.
The research resulted in the publication of a series of recommendations for architects, urban designers, developers, municipalities, intermediaries and initiators.