This 1997 project involves the conversion of a car park into the 25,000-m2 Binnenhof shopping mall in Amstelveen and includes an intervening plaza: Buitenplein. Buitenplein Amstelveen is 3.000 m² in size, designed by Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur to link the retail complex to an existing V&D department store. The result of this project is a distinctly uniform plaza with a multi-level ‘carpet’ of terracotta tiles.
Buitenplein is conceived as an enjoyable place to have fun and relax, designed with a multi-level ‘carpet’ of terracotta tiles. It is completed with a kiosk tucked into its folds, water features, seating, and also shops. There is also a sunken area of the square which functioned as a central gathering point. For this project, identical materials are used for the paved areas, roofs, and walls.
This project provides a striking contrast to the surrounding grey-blue buildings while the diagonal axes in the existing urban design can be seen in the design of the shopping pavilions. With the overhangs at ground level, the replication can ensure optimal sightlines. Some of their exterior walls address other directions although the shops face the square, blurring the contrast between back and front.
Buitenplein Amstelveen Gallery
Photography: Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur