"To design a simple and elegant series of 'squares'"

Project Details

Greig and Stephenson Architects were the architects on the design of this 15,000 square metre, new build housing and retail development in Heerlen town centre.

  • LocationHeerlen, Netherlands
  • Site Area15,000 sqm
  • Value£15 million
  • Time Scale1995 - 1998

The 15,000 square metre site featured a diverse range of structures and open spaces traversed by railway viaducts. While some buildings had to be preserved and refurbished, others were ripe for demolition and replacement. When Greig & Stephenson came on board, the new food market was already underway, so another key requirement was to allow trading to continue undisturbed.

The main concept was to revitalise the look of the malls and atrium by removing the dated fixtures and fascias and replacing them by new up-lit timber panels.  The natural light through the existing glazed roof was softened by the insulation of the brise-soleil.