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DE SPOELBERCHPLEIN

Greener and Friendlier Square in a Residential Neighborhood

DE SPOELBERCHPLEIN

MACHELEN, 2013

De Spoelberchplein is the first realization scheme in our master plan of Machelen-Diegem. The square locates in the housing area, where it should function as an amenity core of the neighborhood as well as a casual roundabout.

For a pleasant atmosphere, this neighborhood square provides a unified green park with a shared space of grainy red bricks, so that kids, pedestrians, and bikers can enjoy and acknowledge it as a unique part of the neighborhood.

The square avoids hard separation between narrow pedestrian walks and asphalt car lanes. Instead, it aims for generous paths that run in a cozy park: cars and pedestrians share the same surface that is defined by winding curves of the rich greenery. In addition, the area is slightly raised to slow down cars.

The center of the square has a car-free pedestrian park. It serves short-cuts across the square as an opportunity for strolls in the deeper green. Plants of the green space are carefully chosen and arranged, so that they create a diverse impression with little maintenance.

To integrate this improved square well into the surroundings, we took the front of the surrounding housing as a border of the square, instead of an existing boundary of a small roundabout. This improves not only the friendly experience of the square but also the overall traffic circulation. Likewise, the street parking integrates into the area better and has more parking places than before.

The square is now under construction. It is expected to be completed by the end of November, 2013.

Credits:
program
Refurbishment public space

client
Muncipality of Machelen

country
Belgium

city
Machelen

scale
M

team leader
Rene Sangers

partner in charge
Hiroki Matsuura

team
Aleksandar Hrib, Artur Borejszo, Soo Jung Yoo

collaborators
1010 architecture+urban design
Antea Group


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