IFLA Europe Exhibition ‘Reconsidering Nature’ - project from ABAJP/BVTL BELGIUM ‘Vestenpark Hendrik Speecqvest’

IFLA Europe Exhibition ‘Reconsidering Nature’ - project from ABAJP/BVTL BELGIUM ‘Vestenpark Hendrik Speecqvest’

After the great success of our first Exhibition ‘Landscape as a Common Ground’, IFLA Europe has organised the second edition entitled ‘Reconsidering Nature’.

The aim of the exhibition is to show the contemporary role of landscape architects in creating space. Its conventionally perceived task - to create and preserve beauty in the surrounding of human habitations - has expanded considerably. Environmental challenges, climate change and the living conditions of the inhabitants of larger and larger cities oblige us to take nature beyond the emphasis on aesthetic perspectives. In design, planning and management of landscapes, landscape architects face a contemporary challenge: thinking of nature as a subject, understanding its principles and respecting its needs

IFLA Europe exhibition will present projects conceived and created in close connection with the nature. It will include large and small-scale implemented landscape architecture projects showing the forces of nature as well as exposing nature’s rights, role and importance.IFLA Europe exhibition will present an overview of realised landscape architecture projects from all over Europe which are realised in harmony with the nature and using nature-based solutions. Implemented projects will show work of landscape architects working either individually or in multidisciplinary teams. Realised projects will promote environmental as well as aesthetic value

This week we would like to present a project from BELGIUM entitled “Vestenpark Hendrik Speecqvest”.

The redevelopment of the Hendrik Speecqvest is the first realization of the Vestenpark, based on the concept that OMGEVING and Mint drew up for AWV (Road and Traffic Agency) in 2012. The new park counts as a preview of what the Vests can mean for the future of the city of Mechelen. Half of the park is situated on the roof of an underground car park, the ingenious roof structure and thoughtful planting ensure unity with a clear coordination between the lower and upper structures.

Vestenpark and Vestenboulevard design
The Tangent to the east of the city will largely take over the transit function for motorized traffic, freeing up a considerable amount of space on the Mechelse Vesten. A continuous park structure with more space for cyclists and public transport will become the new identity for one of the most characteristic spaces of the city. This intervention restores the balance between circulation and accommodation. The new, robust green structure softens the urban heating effect and is thus used to make Mechelen more climate adaptive.

Hendrik Speecqvest
Approximately half of the Vestenpark of the first phase is partially realized above this underground construction of an underground car park. The ramps and rises are fully integrated in the central park.

Today’s Vesten is a prominent barrier for vulnerable road users. New transverse structures, linked to a linear path structure for cyclists and pedestrians, ensure fluid connections between the various functions and pleasant walking routes from, to and on the Vesten. The design with sitting walls and planting areas accentuates logical walking routes and guides the users, creating safe and legible intersections.

Centrally located on Hendrik Speecqvest, a boules court and a number of picnic benches provide tranquility and relaxation.

With support of our Sponsors: Hunter FX Europe Vestre

Project is available on IFLA Europe website/IFLA Europe Projects: https://iflaeurope.eu/index.php/site/project/2022-vestenpark-hendrik-speecqvest-mechelen-belgium
Catalogues of all IFLA Europe Exhibition Projects are available on our website https://iflaeurope.eu/index.php/site/exhibition-projects

Photo: Omgeving
Photo: Omgeving

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