The Eglantier, a 1970s shopping centre in Apeldoorn, is an example of Ton Alberts’s small-scale and human architecture and is considered a ‘young landmark’ in Apeldoorn. For its expansion, the city selected architects who had an affinity with Alberts’s architecture and were prepared to use this legacy as a starting point.
The existing centre was built like a ‘medieval’ town, according to principles that are still of value. Alberts also wanted to return to the human dimension and the individual home, as a reaction to modernism’s sterile residential districts. The structure of the shopping centre is made up of angled streets and closed square walls. The architecture is characterized by gables and protrusions. The centre has certain qualities, but also exudes the atmosphere and the spirit of the 1970s. This is because, among other things, all the buildings were built using the same pale red brick, so that the individuality of the homes is not made very apparent.
In terms of urban design the expansion plan is a continuation of the existing structure of squares and angled streets. Architectonically, too, characteristics of Alberts’s architecture have also been adopted, such as building recessed residential blocks on top of a base of shops and placing taller corner buildings at the ends of blocks. In terms of the use of colour and material, the old town has been redefined: maroon brick with accents in natural stone and stucco, and sturdy wooden window frames. The subtle differences in colour create a better partitioning, giving the buildings more individual identities. Another improvement is that there are no more rear sides visible in the new expansion area or in the existing neighbourhood, and that the shopping centre has also been made identifiable to the outside. In essence, the new centre is an improved, contemporary version of the 1970s neighbourhood.
[A] Jos van Eldonk
[P] Houses, shops & underground parking garage
[G] 14,300 m2
[C] Holland Property NV