St. Plechelmus Square Oldenzaal

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The St. Plechelmus Basilica has been the heart of Oldenzaal since the twelfth century. Over time, this prominent location dwindled down to not much more than a parking lot. This had to change, the city council decided. The St. Plechelmus square should become the most beautiful square in the region again.

Bureau B+B designed the renovation of the square. Originally, all the roads led to the St. Plechelmus Basilica. This central position is now reflected in the design of the square. The cars were banished, creating space for a proper town square. A row of trees and a stone wall accentuate the shape of the square.

The Basilica is placed on a pedestal by a unique pattern in the pavement, inspired by the stained glass church windows. The pattern is built up of a cast iron framework, filled with a mixture of bricks, matching the color of the Bentheimer sandstone of the basilica.

Archeological research showed that there used to be a graveyard next to the basilica: Human remains were excavated. As a reference to this, several pavement stones are marked with crosses.

Atelier LEK designed the light plan. The square has light posts with adjustable fixtures. Ground spots highlight the relief of the massive tower. A wrought iron fence and the statue of St. Plechelmus cast their shadows on the facade. In the evening, the St. Plechelmus square has a fairy-tale like atmosphere.

  • Location: Sint Plechelmusplein, Oldenzaal, Netherlands
  • constructed: 2011
  • Client: Municipality of Oldenzaal
  • Cost: € 1.800.000,-
  • Area: 7.600m2
  • Partners: Atelier LEK
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The St. Plechelmus Basilica has been the heart of Oldenzaal since the twelfth century.

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal

The Basilica is placed on a pedestal by a unique pattern in the pavement, inspired by the stained glass church windows.

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal

As a reference to archeological research, several pavement stones are marked with crosses.

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal

Ground spots highlight the relief of the massive tower.

Plechelmusplein Oldenzaal