Over the coming years, the Utrechtse Cartesiusdriehoek, formerly the Dutch Railways (NS) marshalling yard, will be transformed into Blue District, the first Urban Blue Zone. The winning plan was submitted by a consortium led by area developers MRP Development and Ballast Nedam Development.
The ground-breaking concept is based on Dan Buettner’s scientific theory on the world’s Blue Zones, where people enjoy longer and happier lives. The plan builds on the ambitions of Dutch Railways and the Municipality of Utrecht in relation to healthy urban living. In Blue District, Dan Buettner’s scientific on the world’s Blue Zones will for the first time be applied to an urban context where the focus is on a close-knit community, socialising, natural exercise, healthy food and meaning. These principles can be found in all elements of the concept, such as the design, the programming, the area organisation and environmental participation. The historic CAB building will form the hub of the district, housing among other things the CAB LAB. In the CAB LAB, the consortium will work closely with partners that include four Dutch universities, ONVZ insurers and a range of potential users on the elaboration and adoption of the concept.
Around 2,600 homes, a large central park, a school, a supermarket, bars & restaurants and various other amenities are being built in Blue District.