Hogekampplein Twente University

Enschede, NL

Type Campus, public square
Design 2017
Construction 2018-2020
Location Enschede, The Netherlands
Size 3.8 ha
Client University of Twente
I.c.w. NTP groep, Griffioen, Waalpartners , Farwick Groenspecialisten


The landscape of the Hogekampplein is the result of a redevelopment of the landscape around the 10-storey Hogekamp building. The building itself is a colossus from the 1960s that was renovated in 2019 to become a hotel and student accommodation for the University of Twente.

The landscape has been redesigned to meet the new function of the Hogekamp building as well as the requirements of the students and the university: a place to study, to meet, to engage in sports or to organize events. Key features are the two bright blue tribunes, the concrete blocks along the diagonal and the gardens and ponds

An axis running diagonally across the square connects Hogekampplein with the campus over the Oude Drienerloweg. The pavement of the diagonal consists of durable cementless concrete tile. The diagonal is outfitted with movable concrete blocks, intended for sitting, exercising and learning. A number of the blocks have wooden railings and blue tables. The diagonal is ended by the Waterlab, a pavilion in which water is purified (to be built in 2021).

The square itself consists of an open space with a blue tribune of 2.7 meters on both ends. The square is a 3300 m2 free space for students, designed to gather, play sports and organize events. The two blue tribunes make it possible to sit and have an overview of the square, but also to study or play sports. Plants have been included in the two outer sides of the stands. The blue color is reflected in the balustrades of the Hogekamp.

The square and diagonal are set in the middle of a series of lushly planted gardens, meant for quiet sitting. The gardens are organized in a grid and feature informal paths, ponds, and benches. The gardens are also useful as a habitat for insects and are therefore abundantly planted with 8,850 m2 of perennials and 130 new trees.

The Hogekamplein improves the water quality of the adjacent lake by circulating and filtering the water through two ponds and a stepped water garden of 485 m2. The Waterlab pavilion goes a step further. A large amount of tap water is required every year to spray the three nearby synthetic turf pitches on campus. The Waterlab purifies rainwater, or water from the Vrijhofvijver in case of insufficient rain, and pumps this to the unused clean water cellar on campus. This allows the synthetic turf pitches to be watered sustainably. The Waterlab is at the same time a research facility for water purification with membranes.

Parking lot
On the other side of the Hogekamp building, a parking lot has been designed and built with 245 parking spaces. The car park, located at the entrance of the Hogekamp, is also lushly planted with trees and perennials in the species composition that fits within the wooded environment. The planting of the edges of the car park connects to the forest.

Landscape design for the square, gardens and parking lot

The main square serves as a free space for events, sports and performances

The water garden circulates and filtrates water from the large pond