Principal: Housing corporation De Sleutels, Leiden In the early twentieth century, the Oude Kooi district in Leiden was developed on the basis of the garden city idea of Ebenezer Howard. It was realised in roughly five stages, involving a number of different architects. Currently the area is due for renewal and renovation. In order to achieve maximum harmonisation between future new developments and the character of Oude Kooi, SteenhuisMeurs drew up architectural guidelines. The character of the district manifests itself on the large scale, for example on the level of urban planning and architecture, as well as on the smaller scale with regard to material, colour and detail.
Why architectural guidelines
For the future developments in the area it is important to visualise the essential components of Oude Kooi, so that future renovations and new housing connect with the existing qualities. The architectural guidelines provide an insight into urban planning characteristics, architectural implementation, material, colour and detail. In spite of the fact that many different architects were involved in the construction of the area, Oude Kooi was designed with great consistency on different levels of scale. Moreover, it shows continuity in urban planning and architectural implementation.
These architectural guidelines succinctly summarise the requirements for each zone in the area. The idea is not to issue a directive to add, for example, retro new developments. Within the spectrum and the structure of the area, maximum potential should remain for architectural interpretation and modernisation of living conditions. The guidelines are mainly meant to inspire and encourage designers, at the same time creating clear parameters on the basis of which designs can be assessed.