In the design for the square, the history of the area is one of the aspects which are made visible. The present day square used to be an small harbour in the city centre were goods, mail and people were transported from the back lands into the city and vice versa. This central function it performed in the past is still relevant. The city square is a place where one stays, shops, buys groceries, celebrates and rests on a bench or terrace.
The new square is paved from plinth to plinth with tiles in different colors, laid in a diagonal pattern. In the centre of the square a diamond shaped terrazzo part is positioned visualizing the history with recognizable images. The barge and the draft horse, the fishing and the money that was earned by trade are displayed. The terrazzo plates enclose a blue terrazzo part representing the water that once ran along the square and the connection it formed with the canal and the outside world. In the blue section of water lilies ‘float’ in various ways from which, computer controlled, water is sprayed water in streams and mists. At night, lights light up the terrazzo creating a magical atmosphere. On the eastside of the square loosely placed terrazzo ‘flowers’, with a light source in the centre; they light up the trees and can be used by children to sit or play on. Comfortable wooden benches are place in this tree zone, making the square a comfortable city leaving room for everybody. The square is lit from four corners. The design of the tall lights is inspired by reeds, to enforce the connection with the rural area and its canals.