Published in DASH #05 - The Urban Enclave
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Chassé Park


From the mid 1990s the Breda local authority sought a function for the Chassé site, a disused complex of barracks between the southeast edge of the city centre and the Singel. Several proposed designs were deemed unsatisfactory, before OMA won the competition for the overall plan. The basis for this plan was not a traditional city model of streets and (closed) building blocks, but a ‘campus model’, or field (Latin campus) with ‘pavilions’. OMA considered this strategy to offer the best opportunities for a phased approach to a possibly uncertain development. It also accorded a self-evident place within the new context to existing buildings on the site, such as Herman Hertzberger’s Chassétheater, completed in 1995…

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