Walking, enjoying and discovering in a green environment
An oasis of public greenery
The scene of neglect offered by today’s polluted industrial sites will soon be transformed by refined aesthetics, and people will be able to enjoy a stroll through the greenery instead. Local residents will be able to meet in an ever-changing environment offering countless activities, restaurants and services.
The design of the green spaces was based on the following principles:
- Intensive planting along the access roads;
- The creation of green spaces in and around the building complex;
- The presence of water as a calming element;
- Green walls as an additional visual element in the surroundings.
Functional greenery has been the subject of a great deal of research in Europe in the past few years. Well-chosen and well-placed vegetation creates numerous advantages for air quality, ambient noise and well-being. The green environment that will soon surround you at Uplace will thus contribute to the quality of life of the wider surroundings.
"Every type of plant has its own specificities. The right tree in the right place provides the optimum effect."
- Elma Schoenmakers, expert in urban green spaces
Strolling through the gardens
Of course, the greenery is more than just functional. It also has a relaxing effect. Immediately after entering Uplace, you will find yourself surrounded by gardens, trees and plants. Just the thing to put you in a good mood! The gardens and greenery in the project were all designed by the well-known landscape designer Wirtz. Stones and greenery blend harmoniously with one another. The design aims to create an open feeling, which is intensified by the open-air pedestrian streets. The architects Benoy and Jaspers-Eyers & Partners have worked with open spaces and squares wherever possible. These spaces will be landscaped with greenery, fountains and ponds.
The courtyards that lie at the end of the pedestrian streets serve as ‘oases’ in the overall concept. They are laid out with dense and varied vegetation, fountains and ponds. Raised plant containers used throughout the project provide depth to the streets and a very pleasant overall appearance. The varied selection of trees and shrubs includes maples, Japanese cherry, ornamental apple, dogwood and magnolias.
Greenery is also very present in the office areas. Inside, the office buildings look out onto green spaces. The offices on Nieuwbrugstraat are accessible through a courtyard.
The spa and wellness area has a transparent facade and looks out onto a south-facing garden, above the shopping area.
There are plans to build a large roof garden, the size of a football pitch. This will be the ideal place to relax in the summer, or let the children play on the rippling grass.
The hotel garden is marked by its elegant and somewhat mysterious character, featuring raised borders and slopes. These borders are landscaped with ornamental grasses. Rolling paths cross the entire area, while freely planted trees and tree shrubs provide the garden with a green and varied aspect, as well as a very attractive lighting effect. Here, too, numerous different varieties will be used.
A project nestling in greenery
Many large trees will be planted on the street surrounding the Uplace buildings. They will emphasise the architecture of the buildings and optimise their integration with the environment. Hedges and shrubs will be planted beneath the trees. The uniform choice of trees will create an atmosphere of tranquillity. Oaks and lime trees have been selected, and the hedges will be comprised of field maple, hornbeam or dogwood.
The buildings will therefore be surrounded by a distinct green framework. The green buffer zone provides the surroundings with a tranquilising effect and ensures optimum integration with the urban structure.