Tver Tech Campus

Tver Tech Campus is a secure enterprise-class high technology environment for business, industry and government. The plan contains a circular traffic structure, which uses less road surface than regular grid proposals. This allows for the creation of a predominantly green, naturally landscaped Campus. The circular traffic structure is not only cheaper, it has an aura of being more expensive and as such generates a feeling of luxury in the area. The circular ring structure of the Tver Tech Campus plan allows for easy phasing of the project while maintaining the spatial integrity of each cluster and nurturing the physical synergy between the functions, even in the first stages of development.

Read more here. The dutch newspaper Financieel dagblad published one of the visuals in their fd.extra supplement.

Client: Interdata
Developer: TCN Russia
Masterplan: Stephen Lewis, Mendel Robbers with Florentijn Vleugels
Datacenter: Deerns & Van Aken architecten
Visualizations: Zwartlicht

AMO-Zil: new approach to Moscow’s industry

Mecanoo architects invited Urbanicity and YYY to work on a strategy for the redevelopment of the AMO-Zil car factory in Moscow. We proposed ‘Skill City’, an area development that reinvents industry, education and entrepreneurship as missing link between global industry clusters (i.e. Skolkovo) and the local economy.

Read more here.

On Infratecture & Brainport Avenue

Magazine De Architect, issue March 2012, focuses on infrastructure and spatial planning. Marc Verheijen published an interesting article on the activities of the Brainport Avenue Quality Team (Floris Alkemade, Maike van Stiphout & Mendel Robbers).

Brainport Expat’ations

Architectuur Centrum Eindhoven asked us to investigate the experiences of the (international) knowledge workers in the city of Eindhoven. It was surprising to discover that the city policy makers talk about this group of ‘city’ users in numbers, statistics and assumptions. We made a critical document that categorizes the qualifies the experiences of a diverse group of expats as in the yellow pages.

You can download it here.


The strong growth of the Romanian economy, pushed by the European accession, ignited a development race at the most historic, beautiful and remote sites of Romania. Facilitating potentialities that ‘might arise’ became the new gamble: houses, hotels and offices for people that never came. As result, the built floorspace increased substantially over the last 10 years. Vacancy became the new enemy. Vacancy in an excessive postmodern or fake vernacular costume. Let’s face it. Never were ‘here’ and ‘there’ as interrelated as nowadays. Communication devices and long distance transport opened up our world and keep  us connected. ‘Home’ is no longer a place anchored in strong local tradition, but a condition of global inter connectivity. Together with Building the Future and the municipality of Vama Buzaului YYY developed a staged development plan for Dalghias Valley that facilitates ‘change’ and ‘sophistication’ in stead of mass. We wanted to challenge the Romanian spatial planning with less footprint, and more respect. Valley21 and its buildings are designed in such a way that they connect the ‘here’ and the ‘there’, the contemporary with the rural, the international with the local. The buildings are characterized by the strong lines of the international style and a local presence in materials and reflections. Architecture and nature compete and synthesize at the same time, they become non hierarchical.

The project is embraced by the Romanian green building council.

Green Store Logistics

Architect Ruud van Aerde (RBAP) asked us to join forces on the concept development and design of the so called ‘Green store logistics’ center in Tilburg for real-estate company HVBM. YYY (Mendel Robbers and stagair Emile de Wit) proposed a green vegetated logistic center that resembles the forest that once characterized this part of industrial park Kraaiven.

Dienstencentrum Calveen

YYY is working together with SchipperBosch on the redevelopment of a semi-traditional officeblock in Amersfoort that is built in the heydays of the architecture and real-estate boom under the architecture of MVRDV. Since it’s opening 2001 it never functioned for 100%. It’s symptoms are vacancy, deficient glass panels and its anonymous presence in the city.

Mirrored thinking

The apartment block is situated along a monumental curve of one of the main corridors of the city of Utrecht. This corridor links the city center with an old neighbourhood. The inhabitants of this neighbourhood feel separated from the city and it social atmosphere is therefore quite problematic. In this case, can the apartment block have more meaning than just being a stack of houses? Can it establish connections without housing social program? Inspired by the mirrorworks of the artist Robert Smithson we designed a monumental kaleidoscopic facade. The facade dissembles the existing order of the city and generates new combinations.

Manhatten of Culture

The city of Utrecht is participating in the run for becoming the European Capital of Cultural 2018. In 2010 YYY created 3d maps of the existing creative industry in the city for a magazine published by the city council. The map represents the city of Utrecht devided in hectares. Bars show the amount of cultural industries on each hecatare. It resultated in a visualisation that looked not only promising on the level of culture, but also on the level of urbanism: Utrecht as highrise city.

Homely celebrations

Todays public interaction is most of the time just ‘one way’, it is consumption. Bridges play multiple roles in this contemporary consuming society. They arrange orientation in public space, create infrastructural connections and bring people literally nearer to each other. Bridges stage daily human interactions. But can they provoke new interactions? The bridges are designed for three introvert 80’s neighboorhouds in Rotterdam. The neighboorhouds lack interaction, monolithic architecture creates a huge distance between the lively interiors of the households and the public space. Pauline Terreehorst (fashion trendwatcher) and YYY teamed up to create designs that are symbols of dignity and frindliness. They refer to domestic activities like knitting and needle works. The design uses repetitive patterns that bend as if the bridges are made of soft fabrics. Where possible, the soft curves accomodate benches to create sitting areas for human interaction and relaxing.