Winner Coliving Awards 2021


Honored: The Cube by International Campus wins the Coliving Award

Distinctive new building in Utrecht offers 639 microapartments for students under THE FIZZ brand

“It is our most spec­ta­cu­lar new buil­ding so far. We take pri­de in the reco­gni­ti­on of this uni­que archi­tec­tu­re, which is desi­gned to ensu­re the well-being of its resi­dents and visi­tors”, says Rai­ner Non­nen­gäs­ser, Chief Exe­cu­ti­ve Offi­cer at Inter­na­tio­nal Cam­pus Group (IC). In the inter­na­tio­nal Coli­ving Awards com­pe­ti­ti­on, the com­pa­ny, which spe­cia­li­ses in tem­po­ra­ry living con­cepts, won the cate­go­ry Buil­ding & Archi­tec­tu­re with its pro­ject The Cube in the Dutch city of Utrecht. The modern pro­per­ty, which will be ope­ning its doors in autumn 2021, fea­tures 639 stu­dent apart­ments.  The Cube is a joint deve­lo­p­ment by IC, Van Wij­nen and Rock­field Real Estate. It will be ope­ra­ted by IC under the brand THE FIZZ.  

Lead Judge Mat­thi­as Holl­wich show­ed hims­elf alre­a­dy impres­sed by the pro­ject during the nomi­na­ti­on: “The exte­ri­or car­ving in the volu­me with access stairs, amen­i­ty pro­grams, and roof ter­races break down the buil­ding mass with iden­ti­ty gene­ra­ting qua­li­ty, while soci­al­ly con­nec­ting all levels of the buil­ding. The cube is like a city within the city, whe­re peo­p­le of all back­grounds come tog­e­ther. This is a win­ning con­cept.”

Architecture for a sustainable, active and healthy lifestyle

The cube-shaped buil­ding fea­tures two step­ped towers of 15 storeys each. Not only will it be the tal­lest buil­ding in the green dis­trict of Over­vecht; its striking archi­tec­tu­re will also make it the new land­mark of the neigh­bour­hood. Ple­nty of gree­n­ery in its indoor and out­door spaces, a sports ground and a work­out room in the buil­ding as well as in the cour­ty­ard, roof gar­dens, light-floo­ded rooms and various com­mu­nal are­as invi­te the resi­dents to enjoy an acti­ve and socia­ble life­style. With the­se fea­tures, it rea­li­ses the aspi­ra­ti­on of the city of Utrecht to pro­mo­te healt­hy urban living.

“Archi­tec­tu­re direct­ly impacts the way we feel. Reco­g­nis­ing the important role the cube plays in the stu­dents’ social and aca­de­mic suc­cess, it was desi­gned to focus on well-being, com­mu­ni­ty, social inte­gra­ti­on, crea­ti­vi­ty and con­nec­ti­vi­ty”, explains Non­nen­gäs­ser.

In Febru­ary 2021, THE FIZZ Pra­gue alre­a­dy won the pres­ti­gious archi­tec­tu­re award “Best of Real­ty 2020” in the hotel cate­go­ry. “It is won­derful to see that our aim of crea­ting stu­dent housing in an atmo­sphe­re that is archi­tec­tu­ral­ly as well as soci­al­ly and func­tion­al­ly sophisti­ca­ted has been con­firm­ed by the posi­ti­ve feed­back from the com­mu­ni­ty”, says Non­nen­gäs­ser.

The Coli­ving Awards were pre­sen­ted for the first time on 6 May 2021, in the con­text of the Co-Liv Sum­mit. Win­ners were sel­ec­ted in ele­ven cate­go­ries from among more than 100 sub­mit­ted pro­jects.  The win­ners were deter­mi­ned by a public voting pro­cess on social media, a mul­ti-mem­ber jury and the main juror of the respec­ti­ve cate­go­ry. The impres­si­ve buil­ding in Utrecht was alre­a­dy the front­run­ner in the public voting pro­cess, with 40 per­cent of all votes for the cate­go­ry Buil­ding & Archi­tec­tu­re.

THE FIZZ Utrecht. © Team V Archi­tec­tuur
A city within a city. © Team V Archi­tec­tuur
Over­vech­t’s new land­mark. © Team V Archi­tec­tuur

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