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Schiedam

Runner-up
Title: COMPLETE SCHIEDAM
Team: Matteo Bettoni (IT 1978), Michiel van Driessche (BE 1986), Bart Pouw (NL 1977), Milena Zaklanovic (NL 1973)



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Complete Schiedam focuses on increasing the building density of the VROM site and emptying Koemarkt. On and along the river Schie small-scale interventions are made to encourage public activity round the river. Five scenarios for programming and development are proposed on the VROM site. They are all based on three points: simple, affordable building forms, good visual relationships with the context, and 'phaseable' and adaptable construction.

Jury Report

An entry with two visions. In contrast to the proposal to “have a good clearout” on Koemarkt and clear away all the superfluous elements, the infill proposed for the VROM site is high-density construction. The first is so successful that this was sufficient reason for the jury to award this entry a runner-up prize. Of all the entries Complete Schiedam presents the best design to make Koemarkt an attractive city square. Furthermore, the designers are not afraid of making a number of bold choices such as including the public space on the opposite side of the river Schie in the design. The jury is less enthusiastic about the plans for the VROM site. With each of the scenarios presented for this part of the assignment, the architecture is expressly non-descript and generic, while the massiveness and the high density are at the expense of the quality of the public space.

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