Two larger companies stopped their activities and moved their plants out of the city centre. The town of Turnhout, eager to develop the Innovatiepool Turnhout, wanted to give this 6 ha area a new purpose.
The backside of the station had to become a second front side, a landmark in the town. In the middle of the Innovatiepool, a square becomes a central meeting place for the neighbourhood.
The three buildings around the square have civic functions that feed the area at all time: live, work and public functions. The living areas, the working buildings and the pioneers building are the heart of this new inner area.
The station square is covered by a glass roof. This cover functions as a binding element, housing all the new functions of the station.
At the west side the station square is given a new façade, a true landmark of the Innovatiepool. The inhabitants and visitors of Turnhout are guided to a new city area, that is characterised by promenades, squares, passages, gardens and indoor areas.