The housing market in Utrecht is under similar pressure as in Amsterdam. The population is expected to increase by 25% by 2030. In recent years, numerous new housing projects have been developed, ranging from collective housing yards to transformations of industrial areas and large-scale urban expansions.
Some of the projects are very urban, such as a high-rise residential building above a streetcar stop at the main train station. Sometimes they have an almost village-like character, such as a wooden apartment building on a green courtyard. The conversion of industrial areas is also part of the program, above all the new low-car residential area of Wisselspoor. In the west of the city, on the other hand, lies Leidsche Rijn, one of the largest urban expansion projects in the Netherlands.
On this tour, you’ll visit a variety of housing projects at all scales. We move by bike through the center and the west of the city — and also experience the unique cycling infrastructure of Utrecht.
Highrise Het Platform above train tracks (VenhoevenCS, 2020)
7 Steegjes - 19th century housing area
Vondelparc — 203 apartments in green courtyards (Mecanoo, 2002)
Transformation of the Cereol Factory (Groosman / ZECC, 2013)
Leidsche Rijn by a.o. Geurst&Schulze, AWG architecten (2022)
Kop van Lombok (Marlies Rohmer, 2014)
Water tower (Zecc, 2022)
Wisselspoor, Masterplan by Studioninedots (2026–2022), Housing projects by Zecc, Space Encounters, MeesVisser, Zecc (2022)
Timber housing Monicahof by Ramin Visch (2021)