The city of Leidschendam-Voorburg [the Netherlands] has recently approved the design for a extensive transformation of the Station area. The urban plan, designed by POSAD spatial strategies, connects the different scales that are present, such as the historical center of Voorburg and the adjacent Binckhorst business park. The array of functions of the transport hub – railway, tram, bicycle and bus connections – will profit from this strategic transformation. Images of the project in addition to a description from the architects can be found after the jump.
The station area of Voorburg may be regarded as one of the most important transportation hubs of the Haaglanden district. In the eighties, railroads and highway were elevated and tram, bus and city traffic were positioned beneath the viaduct. This improved the flow of traffic, but at the same time divided historic city structures. In the years to come, several attempts were made to mend this scar but it became clear the solution should entail an emphasis on quality.
Offers a robust and secure pedestrian route between the historic center and the Binckhorst business park. The 600 meter long route structures and connects the different functions of the transport hub with landscape and park. Instead of denying the large overpass, it uses the superimposed diagonal line to bring balance to the various historic layers and functions.
The transit between the different ways of transport is simplified and the passengers will experience a clear, pleasant and safe public area. Aside from the masterplan, POSAD will design various architectural elements like the tram stop, benches and lighting elements. The station square will have a multifunctional character, so markets and other social gatherings are an option.
The Voorburg station will function as the main public transportation hub for the Binckhorst business park, being one of the key urban developments of the Haaglanden region in the decades to come. The urban plan provides a solution that transcends the municipal boundaries and will provide a future-proof alternative for high quality public transport. “ If you limit your design to a single scale, the plan will fail in the complete context,” according to POSAD principal Han Dijk, referring to the complex coherence between the different scales of the project.
Location: Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Netherlands
Development surface: 3,4 acres
Development start: 4th quarter of 2011
Development delivery: 4th quarter of 2012
Client(s): Municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg, City-region Haaglanden
Collaborating parties: APPM, Movares