Swimming Pool Site Masterplan Hasselt
masterplan for a park
The design for the new swimming pool and the private development in the Kapermolen Park in Hasselt starts from a vision on the park. As there is currently little space to experience the Demer river valley, its inherent qualities are largely lost. The first intervention will be to open up this space in order to turn the Demer valley into a prime relaxing spot, both for the immediate vicinity and for the whole park.
The Kapermolen Park formed an island within the campus’ built-up structure. In order to maximise the alternation of the park and campus entities, a spatial and functional interweaving is planned. The campus will penetrate into the park and the park will have green spurs on the campus, resulting in a ‘campus park’. This requires a careful integration of the new programme and new buildings. The programme is divided into various pavilions, scattered across the site like sculptures, in order to guarantee spatial openness.
"The pavilions are clustered in the south-west corner of the site in order to avoid a visually fragmented park. The implantation of these functions in the corner of the park, between Elfde-Liniestraat and Koning Boudewijnlaan, can activate the access to the domain. In addition, the dense vegetation along the edges will be opened up. The result will be an open and inviting image when the park is approached from the city centre. The park’s current closed character makes it very difficult to take in as a public space." - Jascha Rondou, director POLO Architects
The tower with starter homes on the corner is the crown on top of this access. Like a slim lady, the tower rises up next to the park entrance, forming a beacon for the city. From this point, the open view of the park and the Demer valley on the one hand and the ‘red carpet’ on the other hand form an inviting gesture for the park. This red carpet serves as a carrier connecting the various functions and eventually flowing into the actual park beyond.
SKYLIGHT IN THE LANDSCAPE
On the site, the various functions bring added value for the campus as well as Hasselt city centre and the park itself. A new indoor and outdoor swimming pool is constructed deeper into the park. It will be realised in line with a second building, which will contain supporting functions such as a gym and office space. The big difference in level along the road provides the opportunity to create parking space under a canopy. This structure will allow visitors to park their cars without disrupting the continuous green landscape above. The implantation of the swimming pool and the private development in this structure and the rolling landscape turn this area into a skylight within the park landscape.
Furthermore, housing projects of various scales will be given a place in the Kapermolen Park. At the corner of Elfde-Liniestraat and Koning Boudewijnlaan, starter homes will be realised in the Slim Lady tower. This residential tower stands for pleasant living at a central location within an open environment. Deeper into the park, 3 pavilions will be fitted with student rooms. These will be clustered, but enough space will be foreseen between the pavilions to ensure the park’s visual and spatial continuity. Each building will be raised, so that only the entrance will be level with the ground floor. This results in functional covered spaces for students, while the park’s surface flows continuously underneath the buildings.
Kapermolenpark, Elfde-Liniestraat / Koning Boudewijnlaan, Hasselt
winning competition design (team: Samenwerkingsverband Hasselt: Artabel - POLO Architects - Grontmij - Kolmont Woonprojecten - Vanhout - ACH Bouw & ACH Construct - Lotec & Cegelec