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Julianaplein Vaals, Limburg North Brabant

23 Jun 2022

Design: Martens Willems & Humblé Architecten

Location: Limburg, North Brabant, Holland, The Netherlands

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg North Brabant

Photos: Arjen Schmitz

Julianaplein Vaals, NL

Julianaplein Vaals

How can a store and residential block in the social housing sector, which will partly determine the image of the new Koningin Julianaplein, become a natural part of the protected villagescape of Vaals? Because if buildings could speak, our block will have to enter into a strong dialogue with its surroundings.

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg NL

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg NL

What language should we speak in this border town? Without Von Clermont, Vaals would have remained a village. Because of this energetic cloth manufacturer Johann von Clermont (1728-1795) the monumental von Clermont house, today’s town hall, the Bloemendal and Vaalsbroek castles appear in 18th century Vaals.

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg NL

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg NL

Since that time Vaals is more or less a surprising stately suburb of Aachen, situated on the other side of the border. The current center of Vaals provides a diverse architectural canon, tied together by a color palette of painted white and reddish brown brickwork. All von Clermont buildings used to be ‘gestrichen in ein gefäliges Gelb’.

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg North Brabant

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg Holland

Our L-shaped residential and commercial block surrounds the square with a natural yellow-brown, highly nuanced, handmade brick fired from nearby Maas clay, leaving the striking white to the adjacent town hall.

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg NL

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg North Brabant

The architectural ‘language’ speaks in the same staccato rhythm as the large monuments and monumental houses a little further on, but also tells its own story, through the consistent repetition of a limited number of recurring architectural elements.

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg North Brabant

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg North Brabant

But in addition to a rhythm, a timbre is also needed in places where it matters, to articulate the whole in parts. By adding decorative additions in the form of wall discs, protruding balconies, ornamental railings, chimneys and pylons that stand on the eaves. The block is divided into eleven “houses,” large and small. Side by side, near the shopping arcade or protruding at the prominent corners, with underpasses for shoppers.

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg Holland

Julianaplein Vaals in North Brabant, The Netherlands – Building Information

Design: Martens Willems & Humblé Architecten – https://www.martenswillemshumble.nl/

Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 5

Julianaplein Vaals Limburg Holland

Photography: Arjen Schmitz

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Location: Limburg, The Netherlands

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