The municipal authorities of Emmeloord want to expand the existing village centre to accommodate large-scale shops as well. In the original plan for Emmeloord from the 1940s, designed by Granpré Molière and Verhagen, ideas related to the principle of ‘serial vision’ play an important role: twisting walls, varying street widths and dense construction create a succession of enclosed urban spaces in the existing town centre. This pattern of streets and squares has been carried through in the expansion plan.
The project involves a new shopping area with a mixture of large-scale and small-scale shopping, hospitality venues, culture, dwellings above shops and an underground parking garage. As in the original plan for Emmeloord, variety in the composition of the public space has been sought. A unpretentious architecture was chosen, in the same idiom as the existing building, with a high base housing the commercial functions and several residential storeys above. There was an effort toward greater variety in parcel allotment and material use.
The quiet, multi-interpretable buildings are intended not only to fit in with the ‘genius loci’, but also to form a neutral framework that offers adequate flexibility and room for future changes in use.
[A] Sjoerd Soeters
[P] Houses, shops, office space & parking garage
[G] 55,210 m2
[C] Provastgoed Nederland BV