The municipality of the city of Assen (NL) has approved the preliminary design by OKRA landscape architects for the new Koopmansplein in the centre of Assen. The people of Assen chose the design as the winner of a design competition in the summer of 2019.
Assen is working hard on the renewal of its city centre. The renovation of the Koopmansplein is one of the most important projects. During the inspiration phase ‘My Koopmansplein’ last year 599 ideas were collected from residents, employees, entrepreneurs, owners, councillors and students. The history of old Assen and the contemporary wishes of the city are all reflected in OKRA’s winning design. The new square will be the link between the historic core of the old Assen with its canals and the shopping area of the new Assen.
Adjustments of the sketch design
The most important adaptations are underground. Because the Koopmansplein is located at the lowest point of the city centre, there will be extra water storage on and under the square. In order to be prepared for the energy transition, cables and pipes will be relocated and transformers will be relocated. On the square itself, the mini stage has been moved from the terrace island to the play island. The connection with the surrounding streets has been improved with a new vision for the Singel and the play island has also been further developed in collaboration with the Children’s Council. The eye-catcher on the square is a mist fountain that will provide cooling on hot summer days and provide a natural play area for children.
On Thursday 30 January, interested parties can view the preliminary design during a walk-in meeting. This meeting will take place between 19.00 and 19.30 hrs in the town hall of Assen.
In addition to the city area of Assen, OKRA is working on the transformation of city centres and station areas at various locations in the Netherlands and abroad, such as in Eindhoven, Hengelo, Hilversum, Nijverdal, Rotterdam and Rouen (FR).