The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Activating Infrastructure

Carrascoplein, Amsterdam, NL

A mosaic of grass and paving, a surrealistic painting of asphalt and green

An ideal transfer point and entrance to the city, West 8 designed a somewhat restrained but surreal landscape for an empty space near the Sloterdijk railway and bus station in Amsterdam. The transit space for cars, trams, cyclists and pedestrians is largely covered by elevated railway lines supported on columns.

The floor pattern is a two-dimensional design that goes along with the three-dimensional presence of the concrete columns that carry the elevated railroad tracks. The grass is changed into black asphalt with white dots where it crosses a road or is unfavourably situated towards the sun. The roads that cross the floor pattern will be divided from the rest of the area by an elevated rail. The area is transformed into an urban forest by allowing part of the columns to be overgrown by ivy and replacing one of the columns with a concrete cast of a beach tree. Furthermore iron casts of tree stumps were placed in this area. These are lighting elements that radiate an orange to magenta light. The different user demands of the square’s daily uses and the need to discourage anti-social behaviour were essential design considerations.

In 2015, the ‘stobben’ (tree stump) illumination artworks were relocated to the Amsterdamse Bos (forest) art-route, where they will add light and interest to the characteristically dark and atmospheric Dutch forest.

City of Amsterdam

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