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Landscape: MANDELA PARK by KARRES EN BRANDS
Karres en Brands

The new district, near Almere train station, includes three office towers developed by the investor Eurocommerce, which are the highest in Flevoland at a height of 120 meters.

Karres en Brands

The park is situated above the underground car parking for the office towers, while the square mediates the area between the towers and the train station.

Karres en Brands

This area is part of a masterplan by Rem Koolhaas for Almere, an “Instant Skyline” defines the edge of the youngest city in the Netherlands. Karres and Brands adds an “Instant Identity” in this completely artificial context.

Karres en Brands

The park is situated on the roof of two four-layered underground parking garages. With its 200 meter length, it’s the largest rooftop park in the Netherlands.

Karres en Brands

The park is a green oasis in a highly urban environment, a landscape with water features, grasses, perennials and flowering shrubs. Seen from top of the towers, the park shows itself as a green patchwork that changes color throughout the seasons.

Karres en Brands

An avenue of mature plane trees defines a visual and spatial edge of the park. A 200 meter long pond runs along the northern edge of the park, drawing attention to the scale of the park.

Karres en Brands

The paths are made of terrazzo asphalt, creating a continuous and seamless surface. The square created between the park and station mediates between these two areas by the treatment of the pavement.

Karres en Brands

Several paving materials are combined in a bar code pattern, bringing together the natural stone of the station and city center and the terrazzo asphalt in the park.

Karres en Brands
Karres en Brands
Karres en Brands
Karres en Brands

Location: Almere, HollandArchitect: Karres en Brands
Project Team: Dam and Partners, ZZDP, Cie ArchitectsCollaborators: Bart Brands, Jeroen Marseille, Paul Portheine, Uta Krause, Carlie Young, Annalen GrĂ¼ss Supervision: Pi de BruijnArea: 3.3 hectaresBudget: € 3,800,000Year: 2011Client: Almere City CouncilPhoto: Francois Hendrickx