• Jun 16, 2022
Heerlen goes onto the rooftops in July

Heerlen goes onto the rooftops in July

  • Jun 16, 2022
In the weekend of 2 and 3 July, the Heerlen Rooftop Project will be opening to the public on the now ‘green’ roof of the Q-Park car park in Putgraaf. To coincide with the opening, there is also a new edition of Dreaming Out Loud, Future (P)roof: a study performed in the context of the Rooftop project.

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The architects collective Selvatico, one of the winners of Heerlen Rooftop Project’s ideas competition (2019), completed the garden design. With this inspirational design, which goes by the name of ‘The Countryside’, Selvatico and SCHUNCK are aiming to provide a concrete answer to one of the most complex and pressing issues for the future: our climate!

The garden has been installed in phases by volunteers and local Heerlen residents. Necessary carpentry was carried out during the first phase, followed by planting in the following two phases. Slowly but surely, the garden has been taking shape. The rooftop garden will be opened to the public on 2 July. Activities will include a Rooftop bar, yoga sessions are planned and there is a kids programme complete with face-painting and craft activities. The roof garden will be open at weekends from midday to 8:00 p.m. from July onwards.

festive opening

The opening of the rooftop garden will take place on 30 June 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Accompanied by an (alcohol-free) drink and a live jazz combo, we will raise a glass to mark the start of Phase 2 of this ambitious project in the company, amongst others, of René Seijben (Expojaar Manager at IBA Parkstad) and Roel Wever (Mayor of Heerlen). This will be followed by drinks and live music.

Beforehand, at 3:00 p.m. there will be a special session in SCHUNCK for architecture professionals, with an open call from Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie: Bouwen vanuit de Bodem (‘Building from the bottom up’), including two inspirational presentations by Peter Veenstra (LOLA Landscape Architects) and Selvatico (designers of Rooftop Heerlen).

Future (P)roof

In this exhibition, architects’ collective and rooftop garden designer Selvatico will be presenting its vision on the unharnessed potential of roofs in Future (P)roof. The exhibition highlights major ecological problems, but also local, natural solutions. This will be on show in SCHUNCK Glaspaleis, level +1, from 1 July onwards (free admission).

For more information about the full programme, click here.

Attendance at the opening and/or the special session is free, but please register before Saturday 18 June by sending an email to danielle.wauben@schunck.nl.

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