On Saturday afternoon November 26th the already Twelfth Annual Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Yearbook was presented. The selection committee under Vice-Chairmanship of Guido Wallagh, consisting of Marc Nolden, Annemiek Rijckenberg, Mark Vermeulen, Guido Wallagh and Jeroen Zuidgeest, selected 17 exemplary projects. In addition to these current plans the Yearbook shows essays, the main developments and trends in urban design and landscape architecture. This year’s themes consist of: The new way of working, Land and water and the strategic work to the Public Space, and Design as fuel. One of the selected projects is Rampart Zone / Zuiderpark; A project of MTD landscape architects / urban designers in cooperation with Studio Leon Thier (design parking garage and bridges) and Van Roosmalen Van Gessel architecten (restoration walls and Judas Tower). The project is presented in the book in the context of the plans that have been completed over the years for the fortifications of 's-Hertogenbosch.
Therefore this year the first copy of the Yearbook was presented in 's-Hertogenbosch to the presidents of the professional organizations of NVTL and BNS. After an excursion in the freezing cold along the fortifications and over city canal of 's-Hertogenbosch, the festive act took place at City Hall.
The Main reason for the redevelopment plan Rampart Zone / Zuiderpark in 's-Hertogenbosch was the realization of an underground parking garage with approximately 1,000 new parking spaces. The Rampart Zone is also classified as Municipal Archaeological Monument and in this light the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch had the ambition to preserve it as a cultural and historical structure and improve its experience.
In early 2011 MTD landscape architects / urban designers was commissioned to draw up a public space development plan and lead the direction of the three parallel design processes; the design of the parking garage St.Jan by Studio Leon Thier, the restoration of the city wall by van Roosmalen van Gessel architecten and the development plan for the public space by MTD. The project was completed in June 2015 and has received much appreciation.
First strategic use of the public space development plan was to create an attractive connecting route from the new parking garage to the old city center and vice versa. In addition, the plan puts particular emphasis on the experience of the encounter between the historical city centre and the open landscape of the Zuiderpark and the Bossche Broek.
The new car park is situated at the foot of the city wall with the former city canal repositioned on its roof. Coming up in the main stairwell of the parking garage a dramatic view over the water, on the city wall and the Judastoren is revealed. Next there is an attractive route via a footbridge over the city canal, through the city wall, in the direction of the city centre. In the other direction the route forms a new connection to the Zuiderpark; via a stone staircase one can reach the Limietlaan and the park.
In short, with the realization of the plans for the Rampart Zone / Zuiderpark, 's-Hertogenbosch has gained a new welcoming entrance to the historic city centre!