The town of Waddinxveen wants to build a new town centre next to the existing village core. As in the plan for Nootdorp, where a new shopping centre was also built right next to the existing village core, it is crucial that a good connection be made here between the old centre and the new one. A characteristic of the situation in Waddinxveen is the height differential of almost four metres between the plan area and the higher existing centre. This height differential, created by peat excavation, offered a perfect opportunity to give the new centre two levels in a natural way and in the process resolve the parking issue. The parking garage is located on the level of the present area. The shops and the dwellings will be situated on the higher level of the ‘old land’.
Another characteristic of the situation in Waddinxveen is the town park located between the plan area and the existing town. The new centre has been designed so that the central square, the heart of the plan, provides a beautifully framed view of this park. The new library building forms the square wall on this side, with openings to the town park on either side.
The basic layout of the plan is formed by a shopping circuit in the shape of an 8, of which the new centre square is a part. This allows the shopping public to make a full circuit without having to turn around.
The plan features fronts on the public space everywhere. In order to achieve this, built-in delivery courtyards were made. There are two covered delivery courtyards where lorries can drive in and turn around. In addition, the rear sides of the shops are surrounded by dwellings and businesses, also intended to generate more fronts in the area.
The plan is predicated on a maximum mixing of functions. Housing is located above the shops and hospitality venues and cultural facilities are also included. This is the only way to create a dynamic and socially safe town centre.
[A] Jos van Eldonk
[P] Approx. 340 houses, shops, catering, services
[G] 66,000 m2