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Ornamental Pond

Finalist Dutch Design Awards 2008 Arie Kepplerprize 2009 Jaarboek Landscapearchitecture en Urban Design 2010 Nomination Best Private Plots 2010

Design Ornamental Pond
Country estate Hageveld, Heemstede
Marike Oudijk
Berrie van Elderen
Braaksma & Roos architects
MYJ groep architects
HMADP architects
Hermine van der Does
Hopman Interheem Group
730 m²
Furniture and object
Year of design:
Photography / illustration:
Pieter Kers

DUTCH DESIGN AWARDSpatial design /
Parked cars are one of the greatest eyesores in our public spaces in and outside the cities. The Netherlands does not currently have a tradition of solving this problem in an appropriate and attractive manner. However, the problem has been resolved in an exemplary manner in these historic surroundings. The underground car park, with an ornamental lake as its roof, light shafts in the ornamental lake and an appropriately-located entrance, does not detract from the quality of the surroundings: it enhances the quality of the surroundings. During the day the light shafts allow daylight into the car park, while light shines upwards at night. The car park has more than respect for its surroundings.­

Category 4: Plans for the cultural-historical heritage
The jury greatly appreciate the manner in which the entrance to the car park is integrated in the design of the ornamental pond in front of the main building. The stately allure of the front façade is duplicated by its mirror image in the ornamental lake: cars appear to drive into the lake to park.

Change in the estate's function
Hosper drew up the urban and landscape master plan, a design for the land of the Hageveld estate and the (detailed) design of the ornamental lake on top of the underground car park.
The estate had previously been a seminary, and part had been used as a secondary school. Although Hageveld still had allure, the vegetation has been neglected and the Voorhuis (front section) was vacant. In 2002 the new owner wished to transform the Voorhuis into a block of (luxury) apartments. At the same time the Hageveld Atheneum College wished to expand the Achterhuis (back section).

The spatial design of the estate is based on three concentric shells, each with an individual character. The main building forms the core, which is surrounded by the lushly-planted estate and, outside the estate, farmland. The two outer shells function as a (landscape) park.

Restoration of the green character
The implementation of the master plan resulted in the restoration and improvement of the structure of the greenery and water system of the entire Hageveld estate (140.000 m²). The green character of the estate has been enhanced, in particular around the main building. The buildings now stand ‘with their feet in the grass' for as much as is possible. Land on the west side of the estate was bought to restore the severely neglected planting. Trees were planted on this land. The circuit of paths and views has been restored and expanded.

Living on the estate
A plan has been drawn up for the Voorhuis for 60 apartments of varying size. Two parking spaces required for each apartment would need to be right next to the building. The sole solution that complied with the functional and ethical requirements was the construction of an underground car park immediately in front of the Voorhuis.

A new ornamental-pond design
The quality of this representative side of the estate has been retained and enhanced by the construction of a large new ornamental pond that is ‘invisibly' bisected by the entrance to the underground car park.

The ornamental pond, with a water surface of 730 m² and a depth of 60 cm, has a rim of COR-TEN steel. Light shafts in the ornamental pond allow daylight into the underground car park. The openings are covered with coloured glass panels, each of which is an individual work of art. At night-time the light from the underground car park shining upwards through the panels results in a very special effect. In addition, the liveliness of the water is increased by the special fountains that are switched on at intervals and produce small bubbles just above the surface of the water.