Moederscheim Moonen Architects devised a unique solution for a stretch of the A4 motorway between Delft and Schiedam in the Netherlands that creates a wonderful green park and sports court where concrete and asphalt once dominated. The entire complex is surrounded by one of the largest “canvases” in Europe, made from over 1.6 million life-like artistic “pixels”, which enclose the fields.
The project aims to reestablish a connection between two adjacent residential areas separated by the tunnel and the motorway. The new park and sports fields on top of the tunnel offer an environment for everyone living in the area to exercise and recreate, turning an eyesore into a place of beauty.
Concrete canopies on both sides of the tunnel create a large enough surface area for the sports fields. Car parks and spaces for indoor athletics, baseball and cricket are located below these awnings. The main building occupies the heart of the park, between the elevated sports fields. It houses a sports hall, changing rooms, spaces for dance and ballet and a large catering facility with terrace seating. For the design of the protective screen that wraps around the complex, the architects teamed up with specialist firm Lace Fence, and created colorful pixel-like envelope that looks like a beautiful artwork.