Citymoat Gouda

The second assignment for the Major Garden Architecture was an assignment for a park on the city-moat of Gouda.

The city is famous for it’s cheese and stroopwafels. But the public space is not designed to bring out this international fame. This is why the city needed a new modern design.

1-touristmap

The location of Gouda within the Netherlands surrounded by the well-known places.

2-analysis-landscape

Difference in outline of the peatlandscape

3-analysis-cityscale

L to R. Entrances and route to downtown, Entrance and moat ambiance, formal outer ring and informal inner ring

4-analysis-project-area

L to R: Greenstructure analysis, entrance, and route in the project area, sight from surrounding places.

5-pictureanalysis

Picture analysis showing the volume of an apartment complex

6-concept-turfsingel

Concept: accelerate, slowing down, and stopping

The concept comes from the analysis that shows that the inner and outer ring have a difference in usage. On the outer ring, people move quickly from A to B, while the irregular placement of trees hinders movement and promotes lingering.

The other important aspect is that the blind spot, which can connect the center with the moat. This is an area with great potential, which will vanish if a big structure divides and blocks the space.

8-masterplan-turfsingel

Masterplan partial city-moat

9-crosssection-quick-turfsingel

Cross section acceleration outerring.

Transition from existing pavement

The three zones and their function

13-designplan-the-blind-spot

Detail design.

On a more detailed level, you see that there are three distinctive zones, each meant for a different target group. The cultural and library zone are connected by a building with a open ground level.

14-lazarussteeg-plan

Lazarussteeg

15-crosssection-lazarussteeg

Cross section Lazarussteeg

16-pergola-connection

Pavement detail around the pergola

18-17-lazarussteeg-pergola

Pergola construction.

19-lazarussteeg-visual

Visual Lazarussteeg.

20-koningshof-plan

Koningsplein

Principle section illustrating shape of the flowobjects

22-detail-koningsplein

Detail koningsplein

23-koningsplein-visual

Koningsplein visual

Section Koningsplein and Erasmushof

25-walkingroute

Walking route.

The walking routes decide where the placement of restaurants will be. These will be placed in the crowded area’s to promote even more lingering.

26-koningsplein-visual

Koningsplein visual

27-erasmushof-plan

Lazarussteeg

28-detail-erasmushof

Detail stairs

29-erasmushof-visual

Erasmushof visual

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