The 1994 Masterplan Ypenburg concerns an expansion area for approx. 11,000 houses on the site of a former military airfield and was commissioned by the Ypenburg Joint Venture. The plan has two components. On the one hand a framework of public spaces and routes and, on the other hand, the fields, which in the course of time have been developed by a selection of designers and developers into residential and business areas. It is the framework that was elaborated in detail by our practice. It has not been geared to the size of the adjacent residential neighbourhoods but has been given its own scale and architectural dimension instead. The large dimensions of the framework are accompanied by simple, plain detailing. The design is to be considered an exercise in restraint.
The masterplan shows a prospect for the entire Kanaalzone in Middelburg and has been developed in conjunction with the Bureau BVR with the municipality as the client.
The design transforms the canal through Middelburg into an urban space in the middle of the town. A space that due to its robust scenic scale is able to accommodate new urban programmes. The focal point of the plan is located in the station area. Four sturdy buildings, a new bus station and new public quays introduce rhythm and articulation into the elongated emptiness along the canal. The integration of quay structures, car parks and office buildings has resulted in great cohesion between the design of the public space and of the buildings.
Drimmelen is located between the Randstad conurbation and the Brabantine City Row, on the bank of the River Amer, south of the Biesbosch national park. In the course of time a series of harbour basins emerged along the riverbanks. The first ones had an industrial character, while the most recent one, constructed in the mid 1960s, was for recreational purposes. The next assignment in Drimmelen is extending the capacity of the marina and prolonging the aquatic sports season, both of which are to strengthen the town’s competitive position. A two-step plan was drawn up that proposes adding a harbour basin and a recreation lake, south of the existing basins. This extension of the area located outside the dykes was made possible thanks to the European programme ‘Room for the River’. The plan also proposes the construction of 400 holiday homes, aquatic sports facilities and a camping site.
Palmbout Urban Landscapes have been commissioned by WOM Belvédère to design the public space for the Sphinx area in Maastricht. The characteristic features of this design are its specific atmosphere and the detailing that is consistent with the materials used in the rest of the city.
The floor of the public space is considered as one smooth, even carpet. The main colour of the floor is that of granite. The paving has one continuous direction, in spite of the shift in the building grid. Drainage is provided by surface channels. They are located in the middle of the profile and accentuate the orientation of the public space within the building grid.
On this flowing granite floor ‘rugs and runners’ of brick-like materials have been rolled out in a herringbone pattern. Trees have been placed on the carpet, subtly subdividing and articulating the space. All external space elements, such as street lighting fixtures, are wall mounted, so as not to interfere with the carpet.
The Cuijk municipality has asked Palmbout Urban Landscapes to draw up a Public Space Manual to the ‘De Valuwe’ neighbourhood. This Manual supplements the urban design plan (January 2007) and the image-quality plan (October 2007) and focuses specifically on the public space as a whole. Its aim is to steer, independently of the building plans, the various landscape projects and thus to guarantee and effectuate coherence in the neighbourhood.
The Manual describes the spatial framework of this post-war reconstruction neighbourhood. The framework represents the characteristics of external space that define the design principles of the street profiles and the materialisation.
The Manual acts as a reference book, enabling to trace back the streets and parks of ‘De Valuwe’ to basic street profiles.
For many, Bloemendaal aan Zee is the finishing point of their trip to the seaside. From the Zeeweg travellers can enjoy the panorama of the coast and the perspective of the straight-lined Barnaart Boulevard. The elongated boulevard gives an unimpeded view of the skyline of Zandvoort as well as the steelworks, thus showing a surprisingly un-Dutch picture of the North Sea coast. The accessibility of the sea strip to all traffic modalities in the middle of the vast dune landscape is a unique phenomenon by Dutch standards. The boulevard emphasises the contrast between nature and culture and, being a plain engineering structure, is the domain of holidaymakers. Our design proposes a zoning that untwines the flows of various traffic participants and in places entwines them again in an unconventional way. The profile of the boulevard is edged with a retaining wall that accommodates the alternating differences in level between the promenade and young dunes; a representation of the robust architectural character of the coastal landscape.
The Roerdelta plan area is located in the transition zone between the centre of Roermond and the Roer River. Palmbout Urban Landscapes made an urban design plan for this area in 2000. In 2008 the municipality requested an analysis of the design potential for a new urban park in the sub-area area Ackros.
Located outside the old town fortifications, Ackros was the place where the well-to-do of the town used to repose. The area developed into leafy riverside pleasure grounds. During the industrial revolution the pleasure grounds were transformed for industrial purposes. It is the coherence between the industrial relics, the pleasure grounds and the window to the river that has inspired our design.
The park has a formal layout with paths, orchards, a herb garden and central squares. Facing the town, this formal part is bounded by a robust wall, reinforcing the urban structure.
On the side of the Roer River, sun terraces, a quay wall and riverbanks create a rural transition from park to river.