Venray Town Centre. By MTD Landschapsarchitecten
Winner of awards and plaudits (Topos link).
So what makes it good? At first glance it doesn’t seem much. Nothing massively new or startling.
What it does so well is react to, and relate to, it’s surroundings. The choice of materials and street furniture enhance what is already a very strong street-scape.
There are new elements to the scheme; check out the click through link, and the light stands in particular. What is different about this scheme is that is doesn’t try too hard. It doesn’t shout, it just quietly gets on wirth the job. MTD have brought all of the existing architectural elements together to make a whole which is greater than the sum of it’s parts. We don’t always need to create something unique, or different. We can bind a place together with sensitive choices of materials, texture, and colour.
Click thought the photo to MTD’s site. Lots of good stuff there.