• Client: Floriade BV
  • Location: Venlo
  • Year: 2007-2012

Floriade 2012 Green Engine Square

Venlo - The Floriade, the world's largest horticultural expo, takes place once every ten years. ARCADIS Landscape Architecture lays out the Floriade Park according to an integrated approach in which design, engineering and realisation were also included in one contract.

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Floriade 2012 Green Engine Square

Landscape architect John Boon was the chief designer of the team of landscape architects. The Floriade attracted millions of visitors. The central theme of the 2012 edition was 'Be part of the theatre in nature; get closer to the quality of life', based on the concept that horticulture is a decisive factor in quality of life. ARCADIS Landscape Architecture provided the functional, landscape and cultural-technical design for the five thematic 'islands'. One of these was the "Green Engine" themed field, in which horticulture was central as an economic engine and supplier of green energy.

Jón Kristinsson designed the greenest office building in the Netherlands for the Floriade, with the Villa Flora forming the centre of the square. The design of the "Green Engine" themed field was inspired by industrial designs, machinery and engines. At the same time, it was demonstrated that nature has enormous strength and resilience. One crack in the asphalt is enough to allow the first pioneering plants to grow. Technology and nature in one fantastic duet. The vegetation consisted of wild and pioneering plants, meaning the first plants to occur on ground only recently created or abandoned.

Project data

LocationVenlo Google Maps
AssignmentPleinontwerp
Size1 ha
Design2009
Construction2010
ClientFloriade BV
TeamJohn Boon, Kees Neven, Leonieke Heldens
Floriade 2012 Green Engine Square
Floriade 2012 Green Engine Square
Floriade 2012 Green Engine Square
Floriade 2012 Green Engine Square
Floriade 2012 Green Engine Square