Park Bataafse Kamp, Hengelo

By winning a competition, our team got the project to transform the former school building into a residential building and to create a new design for the park ‘Bataafse Kamp’. Our plan is based on luxurious urban living, in beautiful green surroundings. An integrated design for building and park.

The former school ‘Bataafse Kamp’ and the ‘Bataafse Park’ are located in the centre of Hengelo. A characteristic building in a park of more than 2 hectares.

With three daring interventions we turn a characteristic school into a unique residential building. The monumental stairwells, the austere facades from the time of reconstruction, the main shape around a beautiful courtyard, all elements we have retained and chosen as a starting point.

With an actual breakthrough through the building we really give the ‘Bataafse Kamp’ a new face on the ‘Drienerstraat’ and connect that street with the park. By lifting the top floor we create beautiful penthouses, built around their own large roof terrace. And with several terraces, balconies and winter gardens we provide all the houses with large outdoor spaces.

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The park will be given a beautiful upgrade, while strengthening its modernist character and by adding new user functions. The beautiful existing trees are an important startingpoint for the design of the park. The central pond will be renewed, so the borders will fit better with the building. Around the water element we designed a large seating feature. The rainwater will be disconnected from the building and will be visibly led to the helophyte filter in the park. When there is too much rainwater, the water will be led to a swale, where the water can infiltrate on a natural way.

A stretched area of perennials on the corner of the ‘Enschedesestraat’ will create a colourful entrance to the city. The use of colourful plants will make the park a real attraction for young and old. A mixture of ornamental grasses and perennials create a natural image and varies colourful accents through all the seasons.

A clearly recognizable main axis will lead the visitors along the highlights of the park and will make a clear connection through the building to the ‘Drienerstraat’. Additional the main axis will also connect the park to the near ‘Prins Bernardplantsoen’.

Park Bataafse Kamp, Hengelo


HK2 and Nijhuis Bouw B.V.


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Hengelo, the Netherlands