Together with the municipality of Roosendaal, we designed a climate-adaptive garden in the center of the city, "Stadstuin van Hasselt." The park's primary purpose and intention behind the design were to facilitate outdoor education and cultural development of the city and the local community. In the center of the garden lies the Beekdal, a vital waterway to the parks functioning and connectivity to the surrounding ecosystem.
The climate-adaptive urban garden design, "Stadstuin van Hasselt," came about after the plan to remove and redevelop a parking lot in the center of historic Roosendaal. This junction is critical and connects several busy spaces including the de Nieuwstraat, Het Tongerloplein, and Het Koetshuis. The reestablishment of greenery in this space revives the neighborhood and surrounding city.
The garden's design incorporates outdoor education and cultural development regarding water & climate, culture & history, and nature & city ecology. In the center of the park lies the historic waterway the Beekdal. It is beautiful but also serves as a reservoir and reduces pressure on the neighboring sewage systems in the case of heavy rain.
Our design for the garden won the Lighthouse Award 2021. Click here to read more about the award.
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The wadi: a jewel in the crown
The design follows the form and the interconnectedness of the central wadi and the surrounding butterfly-shaped pathways. Around this space are three areas with edges for sitting, acting as small amphitheaters and providing opportunities for outdoor classes, readings, and small-scale performances.
Paths lead away from the wadi to an extended, narrow area and connect it to adjoining gardens: the Tongerlotuin in the west and the Theehuistuin in the east.
In the Tongerlotuin, the pathways link up with the existing paving and form a small section around the theater to create a new garden. A culvert connects the central wadi with a smaller wadi in the Tongerlotuin.
In the center of the garden, across the southern entrance, there sits a pavilion sculputure - the Groenfabriek. Surrounding the pavilion and along the Tongerlotuin's wadi are pedestals on which statues can be displayed. These may be pieces from the collection of the Tongerlohuys or others that wish to exhibit works at the park.
Because of the narrow, stretching character of the garden, the way the edges of the park are utilized significantly shapes the atmosphere. Upright vegetation at varying heights, especially on the northern side, offers a green layering that creates a warming and fresh environment. The pavilion will also play an active role in vegetation displays.
The entrance shapes at the northern and southern sides of the gate refer to the garden’s stories. The access roads to the park from the Molenstraat and Nieuwstraat and the parking space at the southeastern side are furnished with a mix of stone pavement, half-paved surfaces, and vegetation. A paved path guides motorized destination traffic and provides a comfortable walkway.
In March 2022, the municipality with Alderman Cees Lok did a small COVID friendly grand opening of the new garden. The wadi, pavings and footbridges, and the De Groenfabriek artwork had been placed. The trees and low-lying greenery were planted and the park was almost ready for use and will be by late Spring.
This project is made possible by the cooperation with the municipality of Roosendaal, Schouwburg De Kring, Museum Tongerlohuys, Het Koetshuis and Alwell.
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Feb. 4, 2021