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Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam

The Grand Mosaic

Westerpark is a large park in the center of Amsterdam. In the coming years, many areas around the park will be redeveloped. This will have an important impact on the functioning and use of the existing public space. The urban quarters will be densified, and pressure on the public realm will increase. The existing Westerpark provides space for large scale public events. The ambient big complex of allotment gardens offers private yards. In both realms, communal spaces are missing. The dispersed collection of plazas and parks in the surroundings will not be able to fill this lack in the future, while the demand for these spaces will increase.

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Felixx explored the transformation of the Westerpark, from a city park to a metropolitan recreational  landscape.  "The grand mosaic" or Groot Westerpark becomes a park that connects neighborhoods and dispersed landscapes.

Four strategies are applied to generate a new coherent recreational landscape.

A new "superstructure" anchors the park within citywide slow traffic routes, linking existing cycling and walking networks. Being the unifying framework of the mosaic, this structure gets a recognizable and continuous profile.

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Current dispersed public realms are turned into characteristic parts of the mosaic. They facilitate a variety of uses and functions, creating a balance between quiet and busy places, for both individual and collective use.

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The interface between the superstructure and the mosaic tiles is emphasized by a ‘collection of jewels’, marking the entrances to the different parts of the park.

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Distinguished plazas are located at the ends of the superstructure. They mark the entrance to the park. They function as diverse facility platforms for the different communities, while connecting all of them to the park as shared identity carrier.

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Year

2016

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Type

Research, Masterplan, Infrastructure, Public Space

Client

Municipality of Amsterdam

Size

105 ha

Publications

Archello

Team & partners

Deborah Lambert
Michiel Van Driessche
Marnix Vink
Laura Spenkelink
Kim Kool
Willemijn van Manen
Andreas Ebert

List
  1. Design Guide Public Space, Groningen
  2. Eemsdelta Campus
  3. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  4. Railroad Zone Amsterdam
  5. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  6. Rijnvliet, Edible Neighborhood
  7. Healthy Tracks
  8. Towards a healthy city by foot
  9. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  10. The Unbound Amsterdam
  11. Seaside Gardens, Gufunes
  12. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  13. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  14. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  15. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  16. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  17. Jonas Amsterdam
  18. A green entrance for the airport
  19. Public Space Alpen
  20. Cartesius Quarter
  21. Isle of Dikes
  22. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  23. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  24. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  25. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  26. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  27. City Square Tyumen
  28. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  29. Strategic Urban Green Study
  30. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  31. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  32. ImageWharf
  33. Ódinstorg Square
  34. Overloon War Museum
  35. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  36. Ludlstrasse Munich
  37. Yaanila Country Park
  38. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  39. Villa Garden
  40. City life in the woods
  41. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  42. Socio-technical city of the future
  43. Buji River
  44. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  45. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  46. Maritime Campus Almere
  47. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  48. Sijthoff
  49. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  50. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  51. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  52. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  53. Fish Market Leuven
  54. Zinder Culture Cluster
  55. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  56. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  57. Strategic Plan Fier
  58. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  59. Kronenburg Business Park
  60. Dharavi Mumbai
  61. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  62. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  63. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  64. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  65. Berlin Am Volkspark
  66. The Museum of the 20th Century
  67. Gardabaer
  68. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  69. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  70. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  71. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  72. Danxia Recreational Park
  73. Campus Lelystad
  74. Proto Tamansari
  75. City Gardens Tyumen
  76. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  77. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  78. Bandar Lampung Park
  79. R&D Campus Fengxian
  80. S-West Eindhoven
  81. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  82. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
  83. Brainport Industries Campus
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