a century ago, the municipalities that now form Parkstad Limburg were
among the most prosperous in the Netherlands. However after
the closure of the coal mines, long
of high unemployment and the steady
dismantling of social
led the area
characterised by communities
in decline, with low
and a limited view
of future development.
of existing residential buildings is a natural reflex in shrinking
areas. This demolition involves considerable costs, partly due to the
are still in their
operating period. Demolition therefore also means the destruction of
capital and materials. This process
often leads to replacement
construction, in which residential areas are rebuilt with fewer but
better marketable units: terraced houses with a garden.
However, this rarefaction process can also take place by drastically reducing the number of homes without knocking down buildings. By reconfiguring the apartments within their existing blocks, radical new homes can be realised alongside new types of spaces. Park Palace proposes to expand the nature of the building by changing the zoning plan. Everything becomes possible: living, of course, but also, for example, social customs, catering, or offices. This creates a unique living-work environment in an equally unique environment. A Michelin-star restaurant on the roof; a design studio with views across the surrounding area; a 400 m2 apartment in a fast-developing region where city and landscape are fully intertwined. The ground level around the flats will be divided into gardens for the new residents, along with public shared spaces. This creates a living and living environment that residents of most other cities can only dream of.
From one hundred standard homes to twenty unique units: Park Palace offers space for a multitude of destinations, programs and users. This new typology invites new economic dynamics, in an inner world and in outdoor spaces that you cannot find anywhere else in the Netherlands.
- Client: Atelier Rijksbouwmeester
- Location: Parkstad Limburg
- Year: 2020
- Programme: Mixed Use
- Status: Under development
- Team: Violette Schönberger, Tim Peeters, Sarah van der Giessen
- Photography & Film: Paul Swagerman