1983 - 1988
1983 - 1988
Prinsenland Park marks an important turning point in Bureau B+B’s approach to designing. During the planning process the designers left behind the rational working method that had characterized the firm’s initial period, and had been employed for such projects as Zevenkamp, Almere-Buiten and Parc de la Villette.
In the earliest plans for Prinsenland Park, the designers attempted to give expression to the area’s original character, resulting in a primarily empty space with accents based on the existing parcellation pattern. This yielded a sound, but insufficiently defined design, which failed to elicit much approval from the attendant planning team. In 1985, the practice explained: ‘We wanted to introduce something that would change the accentuation for the entire project, and that was the “intuitive step”.’ The fear to use elements that did not have a direct connection to the landscape’s substratum disappeared. The framework remained spare – two squares, bordered by trees – but within these spaces, a free play was initiated between different existing spatial elements and newly introduced ones. Presumably under the influence of the work done on Groeneveld Park, a path was laid that flowed diagonally through the park, making a rambling movement possible.