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OMGEVING: Rather than competing with the surrounding historical buildings, it only works to enhance their strong presence. Walking through the gatehouse of Averbode Abbey now, after the realisation of the square’s new design, one is confronted with a picturesque view of the abbots’ quarters and its shimmering reflection in the water. On the rainy days the water mirror is filled up with rainwater flowing down from the square which is collected in a slightly depressed surface creating this large puddle. The flexibility of the courtyard is guaranteed with the possibility to drain the water from its resting place, thus increasing the usable area of the courtyard for various events.
▼广场的设计力求简洁，与周围环境相协调 The square’s design strives towards simplicity and homogeneity with its context
▼平静开阔的浅水面满足人们的亲水活动 The open water mirror meets people’s hydrophilic activities
Along with the water mirror, the quality of this public space is improved by the integration of its ancient Tilia trees with old periphery wall and cobblestone path, as well as the integration of new parking spaces for visitors with reduced mobility, and sufficient facilities for those who choose to visit the abbey by bicycle. During the dark hours of the night, the square itself is dimmed by the light reflecting off of the church and other surrounding buildings and LED strips are used to accentuate the direction of the pathway.
Taking into consideration the rich history of Averbode Abbey, it was imperative not to bombard its visitors with historical information, but instead to subtly introduce its history in the square itself. Hence, out of respect for the context all of the information panels, bins, and bicycle racks have been custom designed and manufactured in dark rusted steel reminiscent of the ferrous iron sandstone appearing in the façades of the abbey buildings.
Passing by the church, one can also be reminded of the monastic rule which has been engraved in the curb stone: “one in heart and one in soul heading towards God.”
▼广场夜景 The night view of Averbode
▼平面图 Site plan
▼广场细部详图 Averbode detail
设计师: Peter Seynaeve, Tompy Hoedelmans, Koen Moelants, Luc Wallays, Evi Lefevere
街道: Abdijstraat 1
面积: 5.000 m²
Landscape Architecture: OMGEVING
Designers: Peter Seynaeve, Tompy Hoedelmans, Koen Moelants, Luc Wallays, Evi Lefevere
City: Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, Belgium
Street: Abdijstraat 1
Client: abbey of Averbode
Year of design: 2010
Completion date : 2012
Area: 5.000 m²
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