Architectuur in Brandevoort
Brandevoort is not your average Vinex neighborhood. Brandvoort is special. The planning, architecture and living experience have ensured that Brandevoort has detached itself from the cold builing style of the last 2 decades.
The district has multiple faces. Brandevoort is in fact divided in 8 neighborhoods. Each with it’s own appearance.
De Schutsboom is characterized by stately mansions, surrounded by greenery and space. The structure of the neighborhood was created with many public gardens, playgrounds and trees.
Brand (De Beemden):
Brand has a special architectural style with a big nod to the Colonial style. Playful facades, white picket fence and tall standing houses are characteristic of this part of Brandevoort. This area is also called “De Beemden”, referring to the street names, which all end with "beemden".
Stepekolk (De Hoeves):
By designing the Stepekolk there has been looked at the many, old long gable farms that Brabant is rich in. Long facades, very high roofs with orange roof tiles, lots of greenery in the streets and enclosed by nature- and recreational areas.
De Veste (translated to “The stronghold”) is the most eye-catching part of Brandevoort. As the name suggest this part of Brandevoort is built as an old fortified town, including moat. The architecture refers to the stately canal houses from the golden age.
In development since 2018, this part of Brandevoort has similar characteristics as Stepekolk, only mainly with white facades. The inspiration for the architecture comes from the villages Thorn, Oirschot and Hilvarenbeek.
BBrandevoort is not finished yet. There are still 3 neighborhoods to be developed: Hazenwinkel, Kranenbroek and De Marke. Again each with characteristic architecture, which speaks for the entire neighborhood. Once the construction has started of the next neighborhood, we will add this new addition to the description here.
Brandevoort is special and unique.
In 2013 the manifesto“Rijksmonument Brandevoort; vertegenwoordiging van de erfgoedillusie.” has been published by Joop Kok, Maurits van Putten, Charlotte van Schoonhoven (VU Amsterdam) en Klaas Akkerman (TU Delft )
In the manifesto it is a bit jokingly stated that Brandevoort is actually a national monument because of the already existing cultural-historical value of the neighborhood. The manifest confirms the special and especially unique appearance and style of Brandevoort.
I have to share a few passages from this manifesto. Click on the title above to read the entire manifesto (Dutch only).
"Anyone who takes the main criteria set by the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) into the designation of the national monuments and applies them to the Vinex district of Brandevoort will have to acknowledge that it is a special, if not protective whole. In our view, Brandevoort is therefore a potential national monument as a representative example of illusion architecture, a style that expressively manifest itself in the first decades of the twenty-first century. As a result Brandevoort is already of general interest and of cultural-historical value for the Netherlands."
"First of all, Brandevoort is unique in its kind. The district must be understood in the time of the Vinex Building, in which large-scale new-build projects are planned around urban clusters to meet the growing demand for affordable middle-class housing. A total of 455.000 houses had to be build in the period 1995-2005. In order to realize so many houses in such a short time, standardized housing was applied in most Vinex neighborhoods. If there was any, there was little of uniqueness and identity. Brandevoort, with its conscious choice for differentiated housing typologies and historicizing architecture, forms a special deviation and therefor has a rare value within the Vinex neighborhoods."