Title: PUTTING IT ON THE MAP
Team: Chi-Hang Chim (NL 1982), Bart Machielsen (NL 1985)
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In the plan the intensity of the traffic is seen as the major obstacle to the creation of high-quality, public space on Koemarkt. The solution proposed is an elongated building that brings together the present numerous, small buildings. This gives Koemarkt a traffic area and a traffic-restricted recreation section. On the VROM site the relationship with the water is intensified. 'Dock Building' is proposed immediately adjacent to the water, a building with conference facilities that functions as a beacon for the site. Buitenhavenweg becomes a broad boulevard with a robust building containing a variety of public functions and housing.
A modest and credible plan with an appropriate scale. The industrial character fits in well with the site. The multi-level quay along the VROM site is attractive, as is the building proposed here, though the jury questions whether this is genuinely capable of putting the quay on the map. The pavilion on Koemarkt is less successful because it takes up too much of the urban space.
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