sunken N280 main road Roermond

conceptual design

In order to improve traffic flow and accessibility local government decided to turn the existing N280, a main road that runs right through the city of Roermond, into a sunken road. We were commissioned to create the conceptual design for this new road layout. Its goal was to ensure all elements of the project would go well together, resulting in a logical, attractive and uniform appearance. During construction, we were involved as consultants to ensure the final result would be true to our conceptual design.

local inspiration

In addition, we were commissioned to come up with a design for the prefabricated concrete retaining walls as well as the glass balustrades of the overpasses. Our floral designs were inspired by the designs of Pierre Cuypers (1827-1921), a Roermond based architect who designed many well-known buildings in the Netherlands, such as the Rijksmuseum.

precast modular panels

The retaining walls of the sunken road are made out of concrete relief panels depicting a floral pattern. For this we designed seven different tiles. By applying them at various angles and in many different combinations, we created a unique and non-repetitive flower garland. Both the dark grey colour and the vertical stripes ensure the design will retain its clean and crisp appearance.
Parts of the secundary road, parallel to the N280 have also been turned into sunken roads. The same patterns and concrete panelling was used here.


The silkscreen printed glass balustrades on the overpasses each have their own unique design and colour. The patterns were, again, inspired by the works of Pierre Cuypers. A art historian was involved throughout to ensure we stayed true to Cuypers’s heritage.


partners: Werkend Hardt (Heijmans Infra and Ploegam)
completion: 2020 – 2021

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project team

Chris Spierings
Rutger Wirtz

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