We designed a public, green space that invites people to stay, play and mingle every day of the year

Almere, The Netherlands

The transformation from a hulking concrete slab into a public space which forms the entrance to the city and can host big city events.

Client: Municipality of Almere
Year: 2017 – 2018
Partner: LITH Advies, Pieters Bouwtechniek, Unibail Rodamco
Status: Realised
Type: Development plan
Location: Almere Stad, Almere
Surface area: 2,2 ha
Program: Public space
Urban planning: ECHO urban design
Landscape design: ECHO urban design
Our resonance

Creating well-being on a large square

We analyzed how people moved around in the space and used that information to design a functional floor plan. We embraced the square’s existing layering to create a terraced landscape. The scattered green plains enable well-being on many levels and offer inviting places to relax and play. The park softens the hars edges of the city and creates a positive public space where new development can take shape. Despite this huge transformation, the square can still hold 20.000 people on event days.


Robbert Jan can take you on a tour.