OKRA: The Korenmarkt is the most urban area in this part of town where bars, restaurants and shops form the walls of the square. In the centre of the square stands a kiosk and along the edges of the square there are terraces. Emphasis is on catering and terraces. The location of the square in the city is unique. It lies on the edge of the sand ridge of the banks of the Dijle. The present height of the square makes it visible. The height of the square is the goal for the new facility. The Korenmarkt will take the form of a lazy step.
The stairs slowly walks down to the Dijle. At the bottom of the square a kiosk is integrated in the design. The Korenmarkt is a green square in the range of areas of Schoenmarkt to the Brusselsepoort. Fragments of evergreen planting separate the terraces from the square. There are a few strategic trees scattered through the square. The Korenmarkt should mainly provide space in this dense part of town.
The Korenmarkt is located on the south bank of the Dijle and forms the central square at the Hoogstraat. It lies on the edge of the sand ridge on the banks of the Dijle. The present height difference of the square makes it visible. The height difference of the square is the motive for the new facility. The Korenmarkt will take the form of a lazy step.
Landscape Architecture: OKRA
Client: Municipality of Mechelen
Location: Mechelen, Belgium
Project: 2009 – 2010
Photos &text: OKRA