Now that the climate is changing faster than desired, it is important for cities to be able to anticipate to the effects. This means that inner cities have to provide more space for water and nature. For this reason, the city hall promenade, currently in use as a market square, will be transformed into a natural city park in 2021.
Prior to the design inhabitants and visitors to the city could submit their wishes and ideas for the park. The main suggestions were a ‘romantic park’ and space to ‘read, eat, rest’. Based on over 225 submissions LOLA Landscape Architects created a landscape design that soon reflects all these wishes in the new city park.
The city park will be a piece of nature in the middle of Almere’s city centre, where asphalt and stone make way for greenery. In the middle of the sumptuously planted park, a wide, semi-paved path runs from one side to the other. The removed bricks will be reused in the paths inside and surrounding the park, which closes the material life cycle.
The Municipality of Almere, BRAND The Urban Agency and LOLA Landscape Architects launched a participation process, and encouraged local businesses, Almere residents, and visitors to the city to get involved in the concept phase. Many of the ideas that were proposed now feature in the new park.
LOLA drew up a planting plan for the park that gives visitors the feeling that they are walking through nature, full of birds, butterflies and bees. For this purpose, the park will have 1,560 square metres of lush vegetation with many flowering perennials, complimented with both existing and new trees.
Artist Jan van der Ploeg provides each element of the pendulum bench with a sample of sea-green colors. They are given different light and dark tones in green, blue and purple, in combination with black and uncolored. The high-gloss powder coating reflects what happens in the surroundings. The buildings, trees and plants around it, and especially the people who walk, meet or settle there, are mirrored in it as it were a surface of water.