Urban infill of the train station area in Apeldoorn

With the urbanization of Apeldoorn (NL), a major part of the original fabric has been replaced by buildings that give an air of anonymity. In no way do these buildings harmonize with the historic buildings or, more generally speaking, with the remains of human civilization. In the small urban infill of the train station area, I had the opportunity to present an alternative view on the urbanization of Apeldoorn.Following the principles of New Urbanism (or any traditional place in The Netherlands), the urban plan comprises a dense neighborhood fully orientated on the pedestrian. Central to this plan is the pedestrian route which leads from the tower, over the station square, through the colonnade in the public garden, past the almshouse and the church, to the heart of Apeldoorn. As in any traditional neighborhood there is a mixed use of apartments, single family homes, old people’s flats (almshouse), shops, cafés and restaurants. Latter three are to be found on corners and along the station square, articulating these important places through terraces, verandahs and arcades.

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