Bringing the parking spaces on the Grote Markt in Vilvoorde underground created an opportunity to think about a new role and identity for the heart of the city. This now vacant space, surrounded by the town hall, the municipal library and various catering establishments, had the potential to once again become the meeting place of the city. The renovated square was festively opened at the beginning of 2019 as a result of winning a design competition in 2015.
菲尔福尔德人的集市广场 | A market square for all Vilvordeans
菲尔福尔德广场地处历史街区的中心位置，该区域也是广场和商业街的聚集地。地下两层的停车场可以提供充足的车位，使这里成为游客到达城市观光的第一站，因此对广场的改造是十分必要的。改造后的菲尔福尔德广场从一个公共停车场变成了一个大型活动广场，周围设有长椅、树木、自行车棚以及休息平台作为边界，营造出一种被包围的亲近感。 广场中心为喷泉娱乐设施，其对面是新古典主义风格的市政厅。即使在没有举办大型活动的时候，这里舒适的氛围也吸引着人们的到来。广场的北侧，也就是原来的Cloth Hall所在的位置，建造了一个十分现代的凉亭，其屋顶的造型与颜色均与周围的建筑相呼应。凉亭的设置为广场创造了边界感，既作为广场与Leuvensestraat商业街之间的过渡空间，同时也为不同类型的活动提供了荫蔽的场所。
Because of its location, fully within the historical centre, the Grote Markt is the heart within the network of squares and shopping streets. With the location of an underground car park in two storeys (200 spaces), the Grote Markt is the first impression of the city for visitors. As a result, an upgrade was necessary. The renewed Grote Markt transformed from a public car park into one large car-free events square, with intimacy at the edges created with benches, new trees, bicycle sheds and terraces. The centrepiece is a water playground within the pavement in front of the neoclassical town hall. This creates attractivity and a certain distinction and cosiness at times when no major events are taking place. On the north side where the former Cloth Hall used to be located, a contemporary city canopy was constructed, matching the surrounding buildings with its roof shape and colour. The canopy creates a better frame for the square, forms a nice transition between the main shopping street (Leuvensestraat) and the Grote Markt, and is also a covered utility area, which offers numerous possibilities for events.
▼广场中心为喷泉娱乐设施，the centrepiece is a water playground
▼喷泉旁边的新古典主义风格市政厅，the neoclassical town hall by the side of the water playground
▼喷泉的北侧建造了一个凉亭，a city canopy was constructed on the north side of the water feature
▼屋顶的造型与颜色均与周围的建筑相呼应，the roof shape and colour match the surrounding buildings
▼为不同类型的活动提供了荫蔽的场所，a covered utility area offers numerous possibilities for events
地处历史街区的新广场 | A new square in a historical setting
▼铺地、阶梯平台、树木，paving, sitting steps, and tree planting
The design aims for a homogeneous and quiet square space with a subtle distinction between a light-coloured frame in natural stone strips and a central space in large natural stone tiles. By making clever use of the existing differences in level, long (sitting) steps are located on the west side with a view towards the town hall. The difference in height also made it possible to provide new large trees on the square for a natural filtering of sunlight. These trees are placed in continuous long tree bunkers on the roof of the underground parking. There have always been trees on the Grote Markt so it was important to keep this quality, even with the underground construction.
▼广场的天然石材铺地，large natural stone tiles paving
▼人们在长椅休息时可以看到市政厅， a view towards the town hall
照明设计 | Adapted lighting design
In close collaboration with the French lighting architect Roland Jeol, the Grote Markt and the surrounding façades and monuments have been included in a specific lighting design. The lighting is mainly based on atmospheric lighting that illuminates the courtyard, the gargoyles, the canopy and the patrimony. The choice was made to provide all the lighting on the façades or in the pavement of the square, so that no additional barriers are present on the square. The city canopy is illuminated by indirect lighting of the ceiling, which increases the readability of the volume and accentuates the floating aspect of the roof.
▼夜景照明，night view lighting design
Commission: Grote Markt, Vilvoorde, Belgium
Landscape Architecture: OMGEVING
Client: City Council of Vilvoorde
Design: 2015 (first prize competition)
Team Andries Deconinck, Eric Dessaer, Luc Wallays, Peter Seynaeve, Tompy Hoedelmans, Hannelore Goyens
In cooperation with: D+A Consult, Atelier Roland Jeol, Util, OM/AR architecten
Budget: € 3.232.431 excl. VAT
Photos: Hannelore Veelaert, OMGEVING