Plinius leisure park

Tongeren, 2016

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Plinius leisure park

News: June 20, 2016

Plinius leisure park open for public

Tonight, June 20th, the open air swimming pool and the pavilion, part of leisure park Plinius in Tongeren (BE), will be officially opened!   The complex is designed by VenhoevenCS. It consists of three pools, terasses, a large lawn and a pavilion/reception building. Together with the new Plinius Park, it will become the new touristic entry to Tongeren, the eldest city of Belgium with a Gallo Roman and Medieval Past.   Tomorrow, June 21st , the first day of summer, the complex is also open for public. From June to September the pool will be open 10:00 to 19:00 every day. More practical information can be found on the website: www.plinius-park.be, which is freshly launched.
Plinius leisure park open for public

News: March 9, 2015

Construction open air pool Plinius started

Last week, construction of the new Plinius open air pool has started! The swimming pool and the reception buildings are part of the new Plinius park that will become the new touristic entry to Tongeren, the eldest city of Belgium with a Gallo Roman and Medieval past. The swimming pool is due to be finished in May 2016.
Construction open air pool Plinius started
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On the location of a former leisure park, the Plinius park will arise in the near future. Plinius park will become the new touristic entry to Tongeren, the eldest city of Belgium with a Gallo Roman and Medieval past. The Plinius park is a green oasis in the city with a characteristic atmosphere referring to the historic grounds, with an open air pool for recreation purposes.

The park lies in between the historical city centre of Tongeren and the surrounding Haspengouw landscape. The design principle was based on the touristic qualities of the specific site, like the presence of the original Plinius spring, and its surroundings. The old and still existing Beto castle sets an example for the design of the park and a new icon: the raised swimming pool is situated as a platform on top of the hill, offering a great view over the landscape, referring to the old castles. The Plinius spring feeds the water of the swimming pool and the pond in the park.

To link the old Beto castle with the ‘new castle’, the swimming pool, a new park will connect the Haspengouw landscape with the historic centre of Tongeren. It will become the start point of many touristic walks through the landscape of Haspengouw and Tongeren.

 

 

Name:Plinius leisure park
Location:Tongeren (B)
Program:leisure park, open air swimming pool, reception and dining pavillion
Surface area:Pavillion 2,000 m2 gfa, terasses 1,500 m2, lawn 6,000 m2, park 22 ha
Assignment:PD, FD, aesthetic management
Period:2011-2016
Client:NV Plinius
Credits
Team:Ton Venhoeven, Cécilia Gross, Arjan Pot, Rick ten Doeschate, Alexander Speelman (intern), Katayoun Mashhoudi (intern)
Partners:

Technum-Tractebel (engineering), OKRA landscape architects (park)

Images:VenhoevenCS
 
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