In the same way as the architectural assignment is to a considerable degree formulated in terms of urban design considerations, urban design is correspondingly approached from an architectural perspective. Central to the master plans drawn up by Soeters Van Eldonk architects, is the question of what kind of public spaces give a pleasant experience and how to create a lively interaction between public spaces and buildings.
In city centre situations, we often take as our starting point series of intimate public spaces, which are set in motion by the pedestrian, like a film unspooling. Because no building stands alone in such a series of images, we search in our urban design assignments for expressive links: between buildings, between buildings and public spaces, between the city and the building and also between landscape and buildings. In this concept of “figurative urban design”, the ultimate aim of these series of harmonic ensembles is for the distinctions between “living”, “working” and “recreation” to fall away, and for people to have a sensation of being permanently on holiday.