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Sint Katelijnestraat in Mechelen, Belgium by OKRA Landscape Architects

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

The assignment for the Sint Katelijnestraat is ambiguous. The idea is to develop the quality of the public space and further expansion of the qualitative network of the town of Mechelen.

Meanwhile, the heart of the town has gotten a large quality-impulse but a beautiful route to the centre is still lacking. Thereby, Mechelen will be an attractive town to visit. By that, the undiscovered heart of the centre will actually be exposed. Because of the structure of the town, the orientation in the medieval public space network is difficult. The redevelopment of the town radius Sint Katelijnestraat largely contributes to this and will thereby form an orientation line in the centre.

Image Courtesy © OKRA Landscape Architects

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Sint Katelijnestraat
  • Location: Mechelen, Belgium
  • Name initiator: Town of Mechelen, College van Burgemeester en Schepenen
  • Size and nature of planning area: 8500 M2
  • Execution costs public space: 1,2 million Euro, excluding VAT
  • Delivery-date: 2009

De Melaan in Mechelen, Belgium by OKRA Landscape Architects

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

Water in Historic City Centres’ has Mechelen as its proving ground

The first project for the ‘Water in Historic City Centres’ (WIHCC) project has been completed in Mechelen, Belgium. The Melaan, a tributary of the Dijle river, has been excavated and newly landscaped in the old city centre of Mechelen.

WIHCC is a European collaborative project between the cities of Breda (NL), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL), Gent (B), Mechelen (B) Chester (UK) and Limerick (IE). The project was set up within the framework of the European Interreg (Interregional Cooperation Programme) for North-West Europe (NWE). The project has roughly reached its halfway stage: the opening conference took place in November 2003, and the closing event is planned for November 2007 in Breda.

Image Courtesy © OKRA Landscape Architects

Project Team

  • Organisation and Supervision: City of Mechelen
  • Specifications and Supervision: ARA, Spatial Advice Workshop
  • Contractor: Interplant n.v.

Hikari by Cyrille Druart

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Article source: Cyrille Druart

Footsteps resound the wooden floor. Shadows pass by and vanish behind the great drapes.

Hikari is a place beyond time, away from the outside restlessness. It is made of private romms orbiting around the restaurant’s core. A religious place dedicated to Japanese gastronomy in the most refined and sophisticated way.

Image Courtesy © Cyrille Druart

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