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Harbor Park Tilburg

Piushaven in Tilburg: a long stretch of urban water forms the leitmotiv in the development of several adjacent sites and neighborhoods. The city of Tilburg asked The Cloud Collective to create a design vision for the organization of the southern bank to support this development. Due to current financial uncertainties, we opted for a phased approach focussing on flexibility and programming. The budget for construction and maintenance is spend wisely: functional areas and attributes instead of expensive new materials and intensive maintenance plans. The roughness of the banks is kept intact. Not as a saving, but for its distinctive character.... Read More

Piushaven in Tilburg: a long stretch of urban water forms the leitmotiv in the development of several adjacent sites and neighborhoods. The city of Tilburg asked The Cloud Collective to create a design vision for the organization of the southern bank to support this development. Due to current financial uncertainties, we opted for a phased approach focussing on flexibility and programming.

The budget for construction and maintenance is spend wisely: functional areas and attributes instead of expensive new materials and intensive maintenance plans. The roughness of the banks is kept intact. Not as a saving, but for its distinctive character.

Architectural elements are the programmatic starters for further urban development. The installations for festival activities – now often temporary – become fixed locations for future activities, serving as stage, sail-in cinema or seating area. These objects refer to the existing museum ships in Piushaven in materiality: rough, functional steel structures combined with light wood constructions. Together they blend in the green shore landscape.

The potential of available water and the wild landscape is fully utilized. The water forms a canvas for the monumental ships and serves as area for numerous types of recreation. The accessibility and usability of the water are further enhanced by locally lowering the banks. This allows visitors to come much closer to the water.

“Harbor Park Piushaven” shows a multitude of event architectures along a canal of 1.5 kilometer. A close collaboration of furniture maker, urban researcher, a creator, and a tech savvy architect result in a resilient public space, effectively deploying a tight budget. Piushaven becomes the new blue jewel of Tilburg.

 

FACTS
Location: Tilburg (NL)
Program: 1,5 km harbor park
Client: city of Tilburg
Budget: € 2.4 mln
Year: 2013
Collaborators: Buro Harro

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