Space for the People
Unlike the Main Square, the Korenmarkt was always the square of the townspeople, Mechelaars. However, over the years the square has lost it’s identity and has changed from a place of gathering to car park. The Korenmarkt is a widening of the street and was therefore no longer recognisable as a square.
On the Sand Ridge
OKRA has transformed the Korenmarkt from car park to square, a destination with attention to its location in the city and historical value. Lazy steps descending towards the river form the square, located on the south bank of the Dyle River. The stepping and colour palette for the square emphasis the position of the square on the edge of sand ridge within the city. The sitting edges of the plant elements are designed in the form of grains, referring to the former function as corn market.
OKRA’s redevelopment plan means that the Korenmarkt is once again the most urban space in this part of Mechelen. It again lives up to its name as ‘oldest square’ of Mechelen with pride. The Korenmarkt is again a bustling town square where the townspeople, Mechelaars, gather for a drink and a snack.