Urban concept Brainpark

exodus of cars, revival of hortus

ZOETMULDER developed the concept EXODUS OF CARS, REVIVAL OF HORTUS within Europan 15. Firstly, we create a new proximity between education, working and living. Secondly, we rethink the transition between the high-speed mobility of the car and the qualities of the pedestrian park.

The latent green quality of Brainpark is unlocked by rethinking the current mis-matched relationship between the low-speed pedestrian (and bicycle) quality of the park and the high-speed quality of the car and its proximity to the highway. By storing the cars in a longitudinal car park, we turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Brainpark keeps its excellent connectivity by car and additionally we create a much-needed sound barrier towards the highway.



The green landscape gives potential for new functions, in particularly: housing and education. The proposed housing typologies match the possibilities of the direct proximity: student housing match the EUR university campus and starter housing for those that transfer to working at Brainpark. The housing and educational functions form a new ‘in-between’ of the faculties of the EUR campus and the office blocks of the Brainpark campus. Bringing the two closer together.



Europan 15


Exodus of Cars, Revival of Hortus


Anton Zoetmulder, Elise Zoetmulder