The Complimentenpoort is part of a larger placemaking project concerning Utrecht its central station and shopping area Hoog Catharijne. “This gives a positive twist to the day of passers-by and the quality of life around the station area. One of the best ways to make people feel good is to make urban environments fun and this compliments gate is a great example of that philosophy in action,” says Klaas Schotanus of HIK Ontwerp. The design agency became world-famous with its playful slide — the so-called Transfer Accellerator — at Utrecht’s Overvecht train station, seven years ago.
As part of the placemaking led by Green Business Club, passers-by could also search for all the quirky (urban) jungle animals around, that were let loose by Autobahn Studio to make the urban environment a bit more fun and the chaos of this place a little less annoying.