Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Innovatiepool in Turnhout, Belgium by Bureau B+B urbanism and landscape architecture
May 26th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Bureau B+B urbanism and landscape architecture
The city of Turnhout intends to develop this plan area into an ’Innovatiepool voor Life Science en Global Care’ (Innovation pool for Life Science and Global Care). This not only involves research and innovative projects concerning care and living, but also new integrated residential care concepts and an overall high standard public space. Bureau B+B and B-architecten asked themselves how far Turnhout’s aspirations could be translated into a distinctive urban design structure, an identity for the ‘Innovatiepool’ and how could ‘Innovatiepool Turnhout’ be formed into a characteristic urban design typology and corresponding public space. There is a square at the middle of the ‘Innovatiepool’, the central meeting place for the area.
This public space is part of a string of urban squares, public gardens, covered galleries, courtyards, streets and paths. Urban functions which will continually vitalize the area, housing, work and social services, are located in the three buildings surrounding the square. Their eye-catching silhouettes refer back to the long history of intense industrial activity that once took place here. The covered gallery is the urban design typology that guides the paths and routes through the ‘Innova¬tiepool’.
It is a transition between private and public, a covered urban space on the threshold between building and street that connects and also accommodates a myriad of activities: a terrace, a temporary concert hall or simply a place to go enjoy a sandwich during a lunch break. The covered gallery as an identity and means for creating pleasurable public spaces for every dweller, worker and visitor to the ‘Innovatiepool’.