The Leading Edge

An elegant urban ensemble that sets new standards for sustainability and liveability while adding energy, greenery and a new landmark to the city – that’s LEAD, our design for a residential complex in Leiden. The development consists of a trio of towers: two are linked by a staggered plinth topped by green terraces and the tallest stands alone on the crossroads. Public functions in the plinth, combined with a landscaped public park at ground level knits these elements together.

Time span2017 - ongoing
Size75 000 m²
LocationLeiden, NL
TypeLiving, Towers
RED Company
Partner in charge
Paul Stavert
Project team

LEAD is accessible to all – each tower accommodates a mix of housing types and demographics.

State-of-the-art sustainability

Double-height entrance on the street side of the linked towers

State-of-the-art sustainability

LEAD sets the standard for future residential buildings while embracing the city’s past. The stately architecture of old Leiden is translated into a warm and welcoming contemporary building. LEAD was designed with sensitivity to its surroundings and in consultation with its neighbors, so that it fits organically into its context. The vibrant Willem de Zwijgerlaan is characterised by a formal facade design and gradually shifts towards a more open and informal design on the calm and sunlit south side. Climate adaptive needs are anticipated by our ambitious sustainability standards, from low energy use and a heat and cooling system, to passive sun shading and water retention.

View of the linked towers from the street side

The sculptural profile of each tower avoids a massive appearance, preserves views, and reduces wind and sun issues.

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