reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk

Benthem Crouwel Architects selected for the reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk




Benthem Crouwel Architects has been selected as the architect for the reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk, together with West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture,

reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk
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The project, which includes not only strengthening the Dike but also increasing the water discharge capacity, is expected to start late 2018.

reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk
Image © Benthem Crouwel Architects ,West 8 and Landscape

The name level is a palindrome, based on the dutch phrase: “LELY’S Erfgoed Veiliggsteld”. It refers also to the water level management of the Ijsselmeer and the turning of high tide, two important functions of the Afsluitdijk.

reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk
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The Afsluitdijk is an icon of hydraulic engineering. The 32-kilometre long water barrier (the longest dam in Europe), completed in 1932, has been protecting the Netherlands from flooding for almost 90 years.

reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk
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It is a unique and impressive feat of Dutch engineering, and with the Chinese Wall, is one of the two man-made structures on Earth that can be seen from space.

reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk
Image © Benthem Crouwel Architects ,West 8 and Landscape

With respect for the hydraulic heritage and the iconic emotional value of the Afsluitdijk, Benthem Crouwel Architects will design various reinforcements and renovations: reinforcement of the dike.

reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk
Image © Benthem Crouwel Architects ,West 8 and Landscape

New pumping stations to pump water out of the IJsselmeer into the Wadden Sea even at high tide, a fish migration river and a new bike path on the seaward side.

reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk
Image © Benthem Crouwel Architects ,West 8 and Landscape

The famous Dudok monument will also be updated. With the strengthening of the Afsluitdijk, a priceless construction with an inestimable practical, emotional and historical value to the Dutch will be ready for the future. Source and images Courtesy of Benthem Crouwel Architects.

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