Shopping Mall Koningshoek, Maassluis
Maassluis is a town defined by water. It used to be teeming with activity, rugged sailors and busy market halls. This Maassluis DNA has become part of the architecture of the extensively renovated Koningshoek shopping centre.
The challenge: breathe new life into the antiquated shopping centre with a closed 1970s character. Find a solution for the poorly defined entrances, fragmented parking and dead walls. The plan: invert the inward-oriented shopping centre, and turn it from a bleak complex into an accessible and transparent entity. During the renovation, the shops stayed open during the day and construction only took place at night. This made life easier for the small shop owners as more than 20,000 square metres of shopping area was refurbished.
Seen from the outside, a broad-shouldered building extends impressively upward. Its robust units consist of fresh brick and pitched cement roofs. The long façades are formed by large glass fronts and welcoming entrances. Seen from the inside, two thematic squares invite people of all ages to actively intermingle. Walking through the open shopping street, you actually feel as if you were outside, strolling through a busy market. The new Koningshoek provides the area with a fresh impulse, attracting people from far away who want to experience the revived centre!
Architect: L. van der Pol
Team: E. Wolse, E. Verwijnen, A. Bergkamp, V. Hendriks
Year: 2013 - 2018