The Vondelpark is a famous public urban park of 47 hectares in the city centre of Amsterdam. Created 1867, the park was inspired by the English landscape gardens. It received the status of state monument in 1996. Since then, the city of Amsterdam has been conducting a large-scale renovation of the park which involves replacement of the park furniture.
Our 2009 short-listed competition design for the new Vondelpark furnishings encompasses a series of small park buildings, seating facilities and a park lantern. Each piece of furniture is developed as a coherent autonomous design that, at the same time, forms part of the overall language.
In our design, we aimed for a formal tension between modernity and tradition, referring subtly to the cultural history of European park architecture. Craftsmanship in the construction and materialisation are an integral part of the design. By exposing the building components and junctions, we highlight the structural expression. The palette of fine materials was carefully chosen: galvanised steel, untreated hardwood and sanded glass. Materials with different characteristic, that all will turn grey over time.
The furnishings are developed with environmental sustainability in mind: replacement, disassembly or recycling at the end of the object’s lifetime are anticipated into the construction design.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Client: Municipality of Amsterdam
Status: Preliminary Design
Team: Serge Schoemaker, Corine Erades