Nieuwegein Markt by Dok Architecten


Nieuwegein Markt
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Stadskwartier, Nieuwegein: A square to love A new heart for the town of Nieuwegein, this was the brief by the municipality and the developer MultiVastgoed to the design teams of Dok architecten.
Nieuwegein MarktTransformation of the existing Marktplein (Market Square) of Nieuwegein into the town’s heart comprising apartments, restaurants, cafes and shops was a fabulous opportunity to convert the image of Nieuwegein from business-like to warm and pleasant.

Nieuwegein Markt
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Although the existing town centre dating from the seventies had been carefully designed, it no longer met current demands. The need for pleasant times spent on an inviting square was the reason for coming up with a new concept for the market square.

Nieuwegein Markt
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Liesbeth van der Pol, Dok architecten chose for a romantic atmosphere in a smaller, more intimate setting with modern colours and materials. This has resulted in an oval shaped square, lined by decorative shop fronts.

Nieuwegein Markt
Photo © Arjen Schmitz

Dok architecten did not just produce the design for the market, the shops, the apartments and the main shopping street, but also dealt with all the constructional detailing.

Nieuwegein Markt
Photo © Arjen Schmitz

The programme comprises a contemporary functional mixture of commercial spaces in the plinth, with apartments above. The combination ensures a lively atmosphere in the town centre, even outside shopping hours.
Nieuwegein MarktIts architecture and the richly decorated shop fronts like upstanding ‘collars’ of shining white prefabricated concrete offer the square its ‘own’ character. Trees and terraces on the square create a natural quality of the surroundings.
Nieuwegein MarktThe fabulous stone finishings to the square lift the project to a non-Dutch level. A total transformation as a Gesamtkunstwerk an all-embracing art form of Urban Development, Landscape, Art and Architecture offering Nieuwegein its new identity. The market square: a square to love.
Nieuwegein MarktLocation: Nieuwegein, NL
Architects: Dok Architecten
Project Team: P. Cannon, W. Hermanns, M. Hardonk, A. Koch, R. Bos, P. De Weerd, E. Verwijnen
Year: 2005 – 2014
Client: Nieuwegein CV
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