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mobility hub xl


mobility hub xl 

Utrecht's Papendorp neighbourhood is 1 of the locations for a 'hub' to accommodate parking and transfer to public transport. Utrecht wants to build more of such hubs on the outskirts of the city in the future. In Papendorp, the mobility hub is located between the offices and the (future) residential area alongside the canal. Since the residents of that neighbourhood will look out onto the hub, cepezed designed the façade on this side as a wooden pergola.

  • client(s)
  • municipality utrecht
  • location
  • utrecht
  • user(s)
  • automobilists and local residents
  • expertise
  • architects

remote parking  

The mobility hub in Papendorp is a public transport stop, parking garage, noise barrier and will provide space for shops, a parcel point, bicycle repair shop and a fitness club. The garage is intended for the future residents of the new residential area in Papendorp, Groenewoud. As well as for those of other car-free neighbourhoods such as Beurskwartier and the Merwedekanaal zone. The hub is also intended for those working in Papendorp or travelling down to the city centre.


smart construction system  

The size of the parking section is adaptable thanks to a smart building system. We break up the very long façade by locating ramps in the middle. Daylight falls far over the parking decks and a friendly wooden frame is folded around them. Planting is concentrated on the pavement, in the public transport zone and on the wooden frame, which thus becomes a kind of pergola, bordering the courtyard garden of the houses.



The pergola acts as the walking path for the car park, but is also a public area. The difference in material makes this function clearly recognisable. The future residents of Groenewoud contribute ideas on the precise design and use of the pergola. It lends itself to a variety of uses such as neighbourhood barbecues, events, work or consultation areas or a basketball cage.


neighbourhood battery  

One half of the huge building will have a green roof, while the other will have PV panels. These will make the hub an energy-neutral building and possibly also a 'neighbourhood battery'. In working out the vision, the aim is to be as circular as possible. This includes reusing glass from horticultural greenhouses, but also by assuming a reusable construction of steel or wood.


  • galjema
  • goudappel
  • kamphuis scheufeli
  • peutz
  • pieters bouwtechniek
  • wegapunt
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