Touching history in a place of light and space. Castle Park Nijenborgh is Weert’s new, vibrant city park. For recreation and education, for residents and visitors, for plants and animals.
The park is located on the site where the noble Van Horne family built the fortified castle “Nijenborgh” in the fifteenth century. Where a lumberyard was formerly located, the historic forecourt and intermediate moat have been made visible in a contemporary manner. The experience of history here is linked to climate adaptation and greening.
The forecourt is the new heart of the park and has rich vegetation and is surrounded by hedges. Arches and openings mark sight lines on historic features. The lines in the natural stone pavement are an interpretation of the floor plan of the old castle. Archaeological research provided the inspiration for this.
Outside the castle moat informal meadows and clumps of trees can be found. A network of semi-paved paths meanders through the natural vegetation here. Three new bridges and the historic castle gate connect the park to the city centre. The canal bridge is extra special. It bends towards the water with an inverted arch.
Nijenborgh Castle Park is winner of the 2023 BNG Heritage Award.
I.c.w.: Lara Voerman Architectural Historian and Personal Architecture
Type: public space, heritage, participation, landscape, design of three bridges
Client: Municipality of Weert
Size: 32,000 m2
Status: completed, opened June 2022