Southern City Entrance, Vreden

The special character of the city Vreden comes from its scenic location in the western Münsterland and the location next to the river Berkel. The concept works with the idea of enhance the cultural axis of the city and extend it with green infrastructure. Through this an attractive connection between north and south is linking the neighbouring districts. Like a pearl necklace, bigger and smaller attractions are put in a line and interpret the Berkel on different ways. The start to this jewel forms the city entrance South in Vreden.

The area around the Hamalandhalle has been completely restructured. The main idea is that as a city entrance the area has to combine many different requests. To create a modern but functional space, car parking is integrated into the concept. In the interaction with a tree roof and green terrain modelings, the concept is reflecting the natural character of the area.

The city entrance is marked through a quiet and smoothly covering, which creates a friendly and light plaza that is linked to the public ways and the car parking. Even the lighting concept is balanced to the design. The discreet lights dive the whole area into an atmospherically mood and prevent the formation of dark, unsafe spots. The new city entrance turns into a sojourn where people can safely meet in the evening and which has the potential to become a new landmark of Vreden.

Landscape Architect: KRAFT.RAUM.

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Project location: Berkelstraße 8, 48691 Vreden, Germany

Design year: 2014

Year Built: 2016

Photos: Nikolai Benner

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