Thanks to a new bypass road, a lot less traffic drives through Harmelen than before. This was a good reason to renovate the main street of the village. There now is more room for pedestrians and bicyclists and public space has been upgraded.
The Dorpsstraat runs parallel to the Leidse Rijn river and the towpath. These three historical ribbons define the structure of the village. By knotting the three ribbons, a ‘braided ribbon’ is created, with varied routes and places to be. The squares along the Dorpsstraat are the connecting links.
A route along squares
The Dorpsstraat has a tarmac driving lane and wide sidewalks, paved with red bricks. The Dorpsstraat flows seamlessly into the different squares, that are also paved with red bricks. The church square is the highlight of this series of squares, with exceptional planting and pleasant areas to meet or be active.
Along the Dorpsstraat, striking trees are added on strategic spots. The trees mark bends and corners and frame the view of the landscape. The sophisticated, timeless street furniture is made of dark steel. The emblem of Harmelen is diamond shaped. The diamond is used as decoration on the back of the benches, the side of the waste bins and in the pavement.
- Location: Dorpsstraat, Harmelen, Netherlands
- in uitvoering: 2016
- Client: Municipality Worden