2011 - ongoing

Landschapspark de Kanjel

2011 - ongoing

Landschapspark de Kanjel

In the Kanjel river area, just north of Maastricht, we find Bethlehem Castle and Jeruzalem country estate, as part of the Maastricht-Meerssen zone of country estates. Bureau B+B was asked to connect the castle gardens and estates with the surrounding districts and make the gardens accessible to the residents of Maastricht.




Gemeente Maastricht

2011 - ongoing

Jan Maas

Surface Area

8850 m2

The Kanjel, which means gutter in the local dialect Limburgish, is a culture-historically valuable artificial watercourse with the character of a small brook. In the landscape design, the Kanjel is used as the main connection element. The area will be accessible and will connect to the regional bicycle and hiking trails. In a playful way, a meandering earthen structure will be dug around it, connecting the various parts of the landscape. The zone is multifunctional and is sometimes used as a wet grazed meadow or occasionally as a water storage and buffer zone. The stream is accompanied by a footpath: the Kanjelpad, along which the entire estate zone, from the Maas to Meerssen, presents itself. Because of the presence of the Kanjel and the canals around the castle and the country estate, water forms an important part of the experience of the landscape park de Kanjel. The different routes cross the watercourse for which a family of bridges has been designed. The paths make different connections and have a clear hierarchy. They connect the castle garden and the country estate with the districts of Limmel and Nazareth and link the gardens with each other. The curved paths of the castle garden are continued in the landscape park. The resulting routes offer exciting views and perspectives over the fields, along the Kanjel and towards the castle towers in the nearby area.

The Kanjel will be given a prominent place in the landscape park but the cultural-historical watercourse itself will not change.

An orchard, organic vegetable gardens and urban agriculture provide a destination for local residents. The Bethlehem castle garden and Jerusalem country estate are in a state of decay and will be renovated within this project. The staged routes of the gardens will be continued in the landscape of the Kanjel, creating different routes. The garden of Castle Bethlehem will become part of the main connection that links the Limmel district, the Hoolhoeslocation and the Hogehotelschool to the regional station. The existing, often monumental groups of trees will be restored and redesigned in such a way that the spectacular views into the garden and castle create exciting routes through the garden. The mirror pond in the central chamber once again forms the focus around which the rest of the castle garden is built.