Parkingspace at Fort Vechten, centre of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie with a capacity of 250 cars, 100 bicycles and 2 busses. Commissioned by the county Utrecht, in collaboration with PARKLAAN Landschapsarchitecten.

Even before we reach Fort Vechten we experience a special place in the landscape of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie.
The design for this parking space is based on the principals of the hidden military landscape.
Without parked cars, the space looks like a meadow in the landscape, with some concrete paths, casemates, stork nests, and tank barriers.
Only after closer inspection do we see the hidden parking spaces, the numerical tiles and dragon’s teeth in a strict military order.

The parking space is located on the old mowing field and the archaeological monument, it can be disposed of and can also be recycled.
The concrete paths are made of Via Verde-concrete, this contains almost no cement and reduces CO2 emissions. The use of grass paving grids and split bricks reduces the use of materials enormously.

Uitvoering; 2012

TRECHTEREN (funneling)

TRECHTEREN (funneling)
Funnelling ‘landscaping Enschede-Zuid, art in the suburbs’. Commissioned by the town Enschede and in collaboration with the DLG-oost and the water board Regge and Dinkel.

The town of Enschede is working on a network of stroll-, walk-, and bicycle paths around the city. This ‘round of Enschede’ crosses an open landscape with ditches, plots of land and small roads, just south of Enschede. A meandering brook and a strip of raw nature are constructed throughout the area.
‘Drecht, dracht, tricht’ are all terms that refer to the Latin word ‘trajectum’ in the sense of a crossing, a fordable place in a stream. In this project proposal, a ‘Trechter’ (funnel) is a place where a path will cross over and through the bed of the brook. In various strategical places stainless steel barriers will be placed in the stream valley. From the shore, fluent arches are placed towards the middle of the gully where they are just out of each other’s reach. Because of the shape of the ‘Trechter’, a narrowing is created in the flow profile of the brook. The water is stopped and pushed into a sewage farm. Even during dry periods of time, the area will be able to store more water because of the ‘Trechters’. Normally, the water would barely stream in this area, but because of the ‘Trechters’ the stream will be accelerated which increases the amenities.

‘TRECHTEREN’ is a verb and a strategy. The ‘Trechters’ create a behaviour in both the water and the people walking by. This behaviour will conform to a spontaneous pattern of paths and a meandering bed.
However, this is not pre-designed, carefully drafted and precisely executed.

Sketch design: September 2009
Placement: June 2012
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