THE MISSION
Marienburg square was a grey, empty and sad place. There are a lot of squares in the Netherlands and all over the world like this. They all have huge potential, but not many people see this. HUNC and I had a mission to create a unique, temporary and fun place. A place where people go to and becomes the place to be of the city.
THE OUTCOME
During my internship at HUNC I designed, made and placed an artificial grass carpet to change such the square in Nijmegen. We created a space that is tactile, colorful, fun, artistic, inclusive, cozy, connecting, social, lively and playful. We used bright colors and geometric forms and patterns
THE IMPACT
Children are now immediately attracted to the place. Adults sit around the place, meet each other or drink a coffee. The elderly enjoy the view and so eventually everybody comes together. In this we change the square from not being used to one of the hotspots of the Nijmegen.
After we placed the carpet we received a lot of positive reactions. It was so nice to see all these children immediately touch the grass and play on it. People were coming to us to tell us how nice it was that the square had finally changed. The restaurant owners were happy and already planning activities on the carpet in the summer.
SERVICES
- Research
- CAD
- Color design
- Form design
- Photoshop
- Production of the carpet
Are you curious about the whole project? Scroll down below and follow the project step by step.
PROJECT STEP Y STEP
THE MISSION
Marienburg square was a grey, empty and sad place. There are a lot of squares in the Netherlands and all over the world like this. They all have huge potential, but not many people see this. HUNC and I had a mission to create a unique, temporary and fun place. A place where people go to and becomes the place to be of the city. the project is commissioned by the municipality of Nijmegen.
RESEARCH
By researching Nijmegen I came up with the most typical things in the region. These are the St. Stevenchurch, the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse medal, the Waalbridges and the St. Stevenbows. With these four in mind I started to design the Grass Carpet. 
SKETCHES
The images of the most typical things in Nijmegen were translated into sketches. These sketches are made into patterns. This pattern is placed into the carpet and an edge is added to the carpet. The edge is made out of bows which show the St. Stevenbows. The DNA like patterns show the Waalbridges. In the middle the St. Stevenschurch, in red, is merged with the medal, in orange.
FINAL CONCEPT
After showing the carpet to the municipality of Nijmegen the green dots are added. The carpet was not child-friendly enough and needed something children could play games on. This is why we added the green dots. We kept the rest of the carpet intact because they were enthusiastic about the rest of the carpet.
PRODUCTION AND PLACING
After the small changes we started to make the carpet. Every piece of artificial grass is gutted by hand. All the pieces are glued together. In this way we created three huge rolls of carpet in two weeks. These rolls were shipped to Nijmegen. In Nijmegen we placed the carpet in two days. 
THE IMPACT
Children are now immediately attracted to the place. Adults sit around the place, meet each other or drink a coffee. The elderly enjoy the view and so eventually everybody comes together. In this we change the square from not being used to one of the hotspots of the Nijmegen.
After we placed the carpet we received a lot of positive reactions. It was so nice to see all these children immediately touch the grass and play on it. People were coming to us to tell us how nice it was that the square had finally changed. The restaurant owners were happy and already planning activities on the carpet in the summer.
If you have any questions or want to get in touch. Do not hesitate to contact me at Youp@van-der-weijde.nl or go to the contact form.

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