DE FAAM

Breda

Client

  • V.O.F. Fijn Faam Fantastisch (Stebru + Synchroon)

Surface

  • 2,8 ha

Year of design

  • 2020 - current

Year of fulfilment

  • 2025 - current

Activities MTD

  • Landscape design, vision, preliminary design, final design

Extra information

  • in cooperation with:
    Havermans Hielkema Architecten
    RHO Adviseurs
    gemeente Breda
    De Beeldenfabriek

Competence

  • public space
  • urban development plans
  • terrains around buildings
  • build elements

DE FAAM, an iconic factory in Breda established in 1912, once operated as a sugar confectionery factory exporting sweets globally. On January 1, 2014, the doors of this historic establishment closed. With its distinctive chimney and recognizable letters on the façade, DE FAAM exudes the industrial heritage of the city.

Developers Stebru and Synchroon have joined forces to breathe new life into DE FAAM. The complex, along with its surroundings, undergoes a transformation into an energetic, urban residential and working environment, respecting its historical heritage. Sustainability and climate adaptation are integral aspects of this development.

The project's focus is to connect various urban demographics with the city, and on a neighborhood level, DE FAAM, together with the adjacent development Eureka!, forms Het Kwartier—a new green urban district within CrossMark. DE FAAM also strengthens neighborhoods like Belcrum, Doornbos-Linie, and Liniepark, offering diverse housing options and amenities.

MTD was tasked with providing the landscape design for this new residential and working environment. The target audience encompasses a diverse mix, unrestricted by age or income but united by a shared entrepreneurial, creative, independent, and optimistic lifestyle.

The urban plan for Het Kwartier is shaped like a cross, connecting with adjacent neighborhoods. Green pathways define communal spaces and create various sightlines. The green square at the heart of the development provides a space for relaxation, play, and socializing. DE FAAM contributes to sustainable mobility due to its proximity to the train station and excellent accessibility by public transport.

Sustainability takes center stage in the design, with green roofs, nature-inclusive elements, and the use of sustainable materials. The aim is to create a healthy, car-free, living environment that fosters biodiversity and social interaction.

In DE FAAM, diverse demographics, including students, renters, and homeowners, find a place. Collective spaces, meeting points, and green elements promote a sense of community and urban dynamism. DE FAAM re-emerges as a contemporary living space with reverence for the past, firmly rooted in Breda's urban fabric.