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KuiperCompagnons
Van Nelle Fabriek
Van Nelleweg 3042
3044 BC  Rotterdam
The Netherlands

T +31 10 433 00 99 

wvos@kuiper.nl
www.kuiper.nl

KuiperCompagnons

KuiperCompagnons is a multi-disciplinary company with about 100 employees. Our company is active in the fields of spatial planning, urban planning, architecture and landscaping.  We believe that conviction, doubt, and intention in the field of spatial planning, urban planning, architecture and landscaping architecture always originates from socially-communal ideas.  We particularly see our proposals, recommendations and designs as a cultural endeavor. Those who build, design and give structure, mould society.

Products and Services

  • City and regional planning
  • Urban design
  • Architecture
  • Landscape

As a large planning, design, and architecture firm, KuiperCompagnons has a wide range of services available to assist all scales of waterfront development projects.  We have worldwide experience in managing and designing large-scale waterfront projects, as well as taking the care and attention to understand the social and environmental impacts of our work.  We believe that every society consists of many identities, but the ideal of a heterogeneous city is far from a reality.  The border between the city and the countryside fades, and resource management – especially with regards to water and agriculture – is the key to a sustainable future.


Projects

Yacht Valley Strategic Vision

Yacht Valley Strategic Vision

To face a declining yachting industry in northwestern Europe, the Yacht Valley Project focuses on creating nautical "service centres" on redevelopment sites, giving old and often derelict industrial waterfronts new life. The strategic vision includes 18 building blocks for SMEs in the region, and specific plans for five nautical service centres. More

The Emerald of Sharm el Sheikh Bay, Egypt

The Emerald of Sharm el Sheikh Bay, Egypt

Sharm el Sheikh is a beautiful resort area along the Red Sea coast of Egypt. KuiperCompagnons was asked to prepare a plan for a large-scale touristic development at Sharm el Sheikh Bay, situated directly along the Red Sea, including a substantial expansion of tourist attractions for the area. The interesting morphology of the site resulted in a wide range of typologies, in which the 600-vessel yachting harbour forms the dazzling heart of the plan.

Expansion of St. Petersburg, Russia

Expansion of St. Petersburg, Russia

As the Gateway to Russia, St. Petersburg is currently undergoing very rapid development, with little room to grow. Construction began in the 1980s on a water restraint to reclaim land from Neva Bay, and in 2007 the Russian developer Coalco called upon KuiperCompagnons to conduct a survey into opportunities for expanding St. Petersburg by 1 million inhabitants on this new land, with DHV to advise on matters regarding coastal and water features. More

Residential Development in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland

Residential Development in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland

Hafnarfjördur is a port city around 10 km south of Reykjavik in Iceland, where KuiperCompagnons won a competition in 2002 to prepare a master plan for six hundred apartments on five hectares of land. The foundation of the plan lay on the redevelopment and restructuring of old port facilities, reclamation of land, and on the relationship between the new and the existing built-up area. The master plan divided the site into three sections, each with its own unique identity, and applied characteristically Dutch accommodation models and typologies to make the best use of the existing natural qualities and urban structure of the area.

Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Development Plan

Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Development Plan

Bordered by the East China Sea, surrounded by a series of lakes in the west, and criss-crossed by rivers and canals, Shanghai is ideally situated to connect its metropolitan image with recreational-leisure uses of water and make Shanghai a major waterfront metropolis in East Asia. More

Taparura Master Plan, Sfax, Tunisia

Taparura Master Plan, Sfax, Tunisia

Sfax is located along the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia, and is the second largest city in the country. In recent years, a 264 hectare urban district became available to develop which sits on top the refuge site of the former fertilizer plan that was shut down due to its polluting effects on the surrounding water. Under the leadership of DHV, KuiperCompagnons was responsible for consulting on the Taparura Master Plan to provide a basic structure for this new urban district, centred around a park and stretching along the coastline. Two main areas of the new urban district – a southern district with an urban atmosphere, and a northern district with a mainly residential character – are linked by an artificial island connected to a marina. A central feature of the master plan is a city park more than 800 metres wide and extending more than 20 metres high at the centre of the park, creating a formidable landmark for Taparura. More

 Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen, China

Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen, China

The Qianhai Bay project in Shenzhen is an ambitious residential mixed-use development which will give Shenzhen a distinctive face to the sea. KuiperCompagnons participated in an international design competition for this new urban area for over 1.5 million residents. Kuiper's design for Qianhai proposes a "360 degree city", where living, working, and recreation can occur on the sea via piers that extend concentrically around the bay. More

SunCity, Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands

SunCity, Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands

The City of the Sun project is the world's largest carbon neutral housing suburb, and is located in Heerhugowaard in The Netherlands. The suburb is powered by solar energy and wind turbines which provide 6.9 megawatts of power to the community, resulting in net zero carbon emissions for the suburb. The foundation of the City of the Sun was laid in 1992 when the structural concept of three surrounding cities, Heerhugowaard, Alkmaar and Langedijk was made, providing a unique spatial planning opportunity to connect the new development with the existing cities in a single, joint, integrated approach. More

Chongming Island, Shanghai, China

Chongming Island, Shanghai, China

Chongming Island lies at the mouth of the Yangtze River in China’s Shanghai Region. It is one of the largest Chinese islands, and is covered with green forest, agricultural land, and water canals. The Chongming East Headland will be linked directly with Shanghai City and other parts of Chongming Island by roads, railway and a ferry, as well as an underground tunnel from Shanghai city centre. These transportation developments are placing development pressures on the 20 square kilometer area of "Eco-Forest" at Chongming East Headland. KuiperCompagnons’ master plan for the area, entitled "The Crane's Footsteps", focuses on harmonizing human activities with the coastal environment. The plan integrates the ecological landscape with a recreational area, a residential area, a high-tech research institute, and a water park. The north-south main canal acts as a clear dividing line separating the western section, designated for tourism, recreation and urban developments, and the eastern section, designated as an ''Eco-Wetland Forest'' landscape.

Coastal Vision for Lelystad, The Netherlands

Coastal Vision for Lelystad, The Netherlands

KuiperCompagnons was commissioned by the City of Lelystad to create a vision for their coast. The project involved two vision documents: documentation of the aspirations of the project, including the vision of stakeholders as well as observations of the site itself; and, an outline of the vision’s components, through the eyes of visitors, residents, and future entrepreneurs. More

Xinda-Longqi Bay District Concept Plan, Shenzhen, China

Xinda-Longqi Bay District Concept Plan, Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen is a fast-growing metropolis in southern China which has grown from tens of thousands of inhabitants to around 15 million in only 30 years. Xinda-Longqi Bay is located on the mountainous and ecologically-valuable Dapeng peninsula. KuiperCompagnons was asked to consult on a Concept Plan to help protect the area as the sprawling metropolis threatens to absorb the Bay. The plan promotes eco-tourism to boost the local economy, and safeguards economic, ecological, and cultural values. The plan calls for land reclamation and an adjustment to the river's course in order to form an identifiable coastline, and to segregate natural and urbanised areas. Within the natural wet areas, a gradient of fresh, brackish, and salt water is created, offering differing types of vegetation and highly varied environments. Within the urbanised area, the land reclamation permits higher density, freeing up the natural areas from development pressures.

The New Bund, Shanghai, China

The New Bund, Shanghai, China

For over 100 years, the Bund has been considered to be the symbol of Shanghai, the gateway to the city stretching 1500 metres in length along the west bank of the Huangpu River. In the 1990s, the municipality of Shanghai began plans for the revitalization of the Bund, including the re-development of a former industrial area directly on the river. After several un-successful attempts at planning this area, the final master plan – a feasible, sustainable plan created by Waterfronts NL participants using an integrated approach – has been accepted by the municipality of Shanghai with very positive responses. More

New Horizon Marina, Shanghai, China

New Horizon Marina, Shanghai, China

Along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, a new marina has been designed to be a green oasis in the busy metropolis of Shanghai. Two existing warehourse buildings crowned with jewels have been retained in the plan as the new icons along Shanghai's famous river. A closer look at the plan reveals all kinds of hidden functions under the green landscape.

City of Islands, Zhongshan, China

City of Islands, Zhongshan, China

Located opposite of Shenzhen and Hong Kong along the Pearl River, this land reclamation area has been designated as a new urban and coastal city development zone of 20-50 km2. China Merchant group requested a group of consultants lead by DHV to make a proposal for a Conceptual Urban Design for the area. KuiperCompagnons  brought to the team expertise in urban planning, urban design, landscape and architecture and introduced the implementation of the concept of “Building with Nature” and “Living with Water”. More

Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

For this competition, KuiperCompangons has created a design for Nordhavn in Copenhagen to become a model for sustainable urban development. The new urban district in Nordhavn will set standards in urban development that focus on sustainability and the creation of vibrant urban life. Constructed on a 300 ha site, Nordhavn is designed to be completely energy and water sufficient and will include 17,000 units for 40,000 residents and 40,000 jobs.

Balcony in Maassluis, The Netherlands

Balcony in Maassluis, The Netherlands

Maassluis is a town located around 18 km west of Rotterdam on the Maas river in the Netherlands. Maassluis was named after a lock (sluis) along the Maas river, and was established in 1340. Since then, a new waterway has opened up in Maassluis, and KuiperCompagnons was asked to create a masterplan for "Balcony", a residential development named after a specific position on the new waterway. This site presents an exciting opportunity to create a new face to the water for Maassluis, as well as providing interesting views for residents, including views of the ships entering and leaving the harbour, the surrounding port activities, and the recreational greenery of Rozenburg on the opposite bank. The masterplan for Balcony capitalises on these assets and embraces the relationship between the proposed residential areas and the water, while ensuring existing buildings retain their visual connection with the water. The plan calls for 1000 dwellings in a 23 hectare site, including a blend of luxurious residential towers with a range of single-dwelling units to mix all ages and incomes. This plan ensures public accessibility as well as a clear identity for the waterfront of Maassluis.