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.
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.
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.
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.