This assignment concerns the development of a historic site located on the southern edge of Genk town centre. The plan area comprises two sub-locations, namely Kattenberg, currently an above-ground car park, and the Regina Mundi site, a school campus which will be relocated in the near future. The sites have a combined surface area of +/- 2ha and are largely owned by Genk town council.
The site has a strategic location on the southern side of the central east-west axis between the town hall and Shopping 1, a zone which contains mainly shops and a limited number of cultural-tourist functions. At right angles to the site is the axis between the station and the Kattenberg-Regina Mundi plan area, with an underground car park within walking distance.
The site will be given a strategic function as a result of the enhancement of the functionalspatial qualities of the town centre. The site is intended for the development of new activities, which can increase the dynamism and level of activity in the town centre, even on evenings and weekends. These activities may be of either a public or private nature. The activities on the site must add new functions to the town centre and be able to attract lots of people to the area, which will also provide a boost to the functions already present in the heart of the town. The functions which are to be developed on the site may in no way cause any inconvenience to the surrounding residential areas.
It is important that a cluster of connected functions are developed to give this site its own identity, for example by means of cultural-recreational and cultural-educational functions, including the relocation of the Municipal Academy of Graphic Arts and suchlike, the development of a centre for educational support and learning guidance, innovative forms of childcare, functions related to the healthcare industry (fitness and wellness etc.), functions connected to the development
of Genk as a media town, and so on. These functions can be supplemented with various innovative types of housing, including student accommodation. Furthermore, the development plan must also offer space for the realisation of as yet unknown development opportunities.
In addition to the improvement of its functional perception value, the site must also give form in an innovative manner to the spatial qualities of the city centre, with particular attention for architecture and the design of public spaces.
The design assignment consists of working in dialogue with the client on translating the plan which is to be subsequently developed into a high-quality (architecturally), realistic, spatial master-plan and then a legally enforceable Spatial Implementation Plan in which the development of the future layout is guaranteed by way of spatial/architectural conditions.
The bar has been set high: in order to guarantee high-quality development, the designers of the master-plan may also be given the architectural brief to design an initial, prominent project in this zone and then to direct the development of the area in a supervisory capacity.
Full design brief for the formulation of an urban planning master-plan for the Kattenberg-Regina Mundi site (related to drawing up Spatial Implementation Plan) and an architectural sub-assignment in Genk
- De Gouden Liniaal Architecten bvba, GEOSTED
- Maccreanor Lavington Architects
- Maxwan architects + urbanists
- Selectievergadering: 26 Jan 2010
- Eerste briefing: 26 Oct 2010
- Tweede briefing: 9 Dec 2010
- Indienen: 3 Mar 2011
- Jury: 17 Mar 2011
- Award: 1 Jun 2011
prijsvraag voor ontwerpen met gunning via onderhandelingsprocedure zonder bekendmaking.
External jury member
Adinda Van Geystelen