a new square for Hoogeveen
- Cliënt: Municipality of Hoogeveen
- Team: Concept and detailed design Church Square: REDscape: Patrick Mc Cabe, Antoine Fourrier. Lighting: Signify. Construction team: Construction and Implementation design square; Roelofs Groep. Construction and implementation of mirror pool, design and construction of pavilion Rots Maatwerk i.c.w Baljon Landschappen. Photography: Mark Otten (captured by mark), Ribal El khatib
Revitalization of the town centre
REDscape’s vision for the revitalisation of Hoogeveen’s town centre public realm, including its main shopping street (3ha) was awarded the winning commission. It builds on the urban vision for the centre developed in 2010 and was developed in collaboration with the local authority and in participation with shop owners, and residents. Hoogeveen is a primary shopping destination in Drenthe which attracts shoppers and tourists from the wider region. The centre is set become compacter and to offer more atmosphere, experience and enjoyment. The design is underpinned by sustainable principles, making it more robust for future climatic conditions such as flooding and heat stress. Hoogeveen also aims to become the county’s most child friendly city.
Based on our recent public space masterplan for the centre of Hoogeveen, REDscape made a new detailed design for Church Square and the Main street. The space is about 4500m2. The mirror pools mark the footprint of former buildings and the characteristic alley that once connected the church to the main street. Our goal was to use the site’s heritage to add new meanings to the public domain and to strengthen the identity of this former peat city. The square forms the highlight of REDscape’s public space plan. The square format of the paving refers to the stacked turf for which the former turf city was famous. The orthogonal structure, which is embedded in the drainage patterns of the peat landscape and the layout of the city’s streets was used as a theme in the layout for the main street. A detailed design for the High street was also prepared and completed for phase 1.
Child friendly city
Hoogeveen strives to be the most child-friendly city in the Netherlands and we are pleased that the square will be a vital contribution. The square is fully adaptable as aplay space and will be used for weekly markets and cultural events. The lighting design was developed in collaboration with Signify (formally Philips Lighting). The square received the royal treatment at its opening by the king and queen of the Netherlands.