Roundabouting at the Luchtsingel (UF 122)
Europe, Netherlands, Rotterdam, Centre, Luchtsingel-Roundabout (ZUS), Pedestrians (cut from T)
The Luchtsingel is an interesting project that counteracts the detrimental effects that the combination of modernist urban planning (with its rigorous segregation of work, living and commercial functions) and chronic high levels of vacancy of office buildings and anonymous space (the location of the demolished Hofplein station) have on the liveability and vitality of the northern part of the centre of Rotterdam.
It offers a circuit of elevated walkways that passes through the Schieblock, crosses a major road and a railroad to offer the pedestrian new ways to discover the city, help them to avoid the anonymous and sometime unsafe existing urban ground level. And it forms a connection between emerging cultural hotspots in the Rotterdam Central and Noord areas.
The Luchtsingel is conceived and designed by: ZUS. Funding: the municipality of Rotterdam and crowd sourcing / crowd funding. For 25 € people could and can buy planks on which the name of the buyer is printed (as can be seen in this capture).
Shown here is second part. It consists of a roundabout, two access stairs and a bridge that crosses the 4 tracks of the Rotterdam-Dordecht main railway line. Kids already discovered it. It's on the site of the demolished part of the Hofplein railway station. In BG on the right is the housing of the Heliport quarter, because of the roofs also known as ‘Klein Volendam’. It was the location of the terminal of the Rotterdam-Antwerp-Brussels helicopter service (1953-1965, operated by Sabena), hence its name.
The Luchtsingel is an urban renewal ‘light’ project, intervening before demolition and total redevelopment are the only options left. It's pic # 122 of my Urban Frontiers album.