What you didn't know about the architecture of Maasmechelen Village

Just like Rome, Maasmechelen Village wasn’t built in a day. The first stone was laid in 2001, and three years later the Village was extended with a second phase, creating the Village you see today.

There are six different architectural zones in Maasmechelen Village, subtlety defined and marked by the change in design and scenery.

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Maasmechelen Village is built on land that had included a coal mine, which had been active from the nineteenth century until the 1980s. The architecture of the Village celebrates the heritage of the Limburg region, with references and details inspired by the artisan craft, honouring the rich traditions of its area. Some of the rooftop and window frame designs reflect the architecture of Eisden-Tijnwijk, an area built in the twentieth century for the workers of the Eisden Coal Mine. This whole area of Hoge Kempen – which covers partly or as a whole As, Dilsen-Stokkem, Genk, Lanaken, Maaseik, Maasmechelen, Opglabbeek and Zutendaa – is currently under consideration to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is a story behind every little detail in the Village. A vivid example is exemplified by the use of wood, present throughout the Village and a feature especially of the boutique facades. This noble material brings a sense of warmth to the outdoor setting and gives individual character to each building. This use of wood is also in keeping with the Village’s location, surrounded by Belgium’s most beautiful nature reserve, Connecterra.

Maasmechelen Village’s open-air streets, with their luscious landscaping, are carefully curated to be spacious, green and pleasant surroundings, offering guests a relaxing day out to unwind under the blue skies, enjoying the outdoor fresh air – whether for shopping or dining al fresco.