The Dutch Everglades: Landscape in transition on the border of sand and clay
The Dutch Everglades: Landscape in transition on the border of sand and clay

Brabant aan Zee: The Dutch Everglades

West-Brabant

Landscape in transition on the border of sand and clay

The Brabant Delta


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The Δ symbol (pronounced "delta", the Greek capital letter D) means change or difference.

The west and northwest of Brabant is part of the Dutch delta and is in many ways a transition landscape. This is already noticeable in the subsoil with dynamic transitions between wet and dry, sand and clay, high and low, sweet and salty. These gradual transitions offer varied conditions for special and valued landscapes such as mud flats, salt marshes and seepage nature.

West Brabant is also a landscape of streams, tracks, pipes and roads along which people, goods and raw materials travel between Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brabantstad. The open landscape offers space for the cultivation of sugar beets and potatoes. But also to chemical clusters, logistics parks and large-scale greenhouse horticulture. Historically, West Brabant also often served as a transit area and military buffer zone. On the way to the Dutch and Zeeland cities, the Spaniards and French were kept at a distance by flooding large contiguous areas.

And now, on the eve of transitions in agriculture, industry, energy, water system and nature, the large-scale, open landscape and urban area will transform again. This is the right time to calibrate the identity of the area and determine course. Does the transition landscape also offer qualities that make it a pleasant living environment and recreational destination? Can the central location and good accessibility be combined with the landscape and cultural-historical potential? Can this area grow into an attractive residential and recreational area in the middle of the most urbanized area of ​​northwestern Europe? Why is the area not yet recognized as such? What is needed to achieve that?

We try to provide answers to the above questions through design research. We think that scale plays an important role in this. Many of today's valued landscapes are too fragmented and have insufficient spatial identity. The scale of business clusters and infrastructures requires a major residential and recreational landscape. This can largely be created by strengthening and connecting existing landscapes. Where the existing landscape, cultural-historical and infrastructural structures intersect, unexpected nodes, transitions and exciting contrasts arise.
Best of three worlds: Birdseye view of the proposal for the West-Brabant landscape
Best of three worlds: Birdseye view of the proposal for the West-Brabant landscape
Cross section of the proposal for the West-Brabant landscape
Cross section of the proposal for the West-Brabant landscape
Swallow and salt marsh along the Scheldt-Rhine Canal
Swallow and salt marsh along the Scheldt-Rhine Canal
Legend of the Slikken and salt marshes along the Scheldt-Rhine Canal
Legend of the Slikken and salt marshes along the Scheldt-Rhine Canal
The amphibious landscape with Breda in the background
The amphibious landscape with Breda in the background
Legend of the amphibious landscape
Legend of the amphibious landscape
The creek landscape/ transformation near the Moerdijk Logistics Park
The creek landscape/ transformation near the Moerdijk Logistics Park
Legend of the creek landscape / transformation landscape
Legend of the creek landscape / transformation landscape
View of Willemstad from the Hollands Diep as a commuter between Rotterdam and West Brabant
View of Willemstad from the Hollands Diep as a commuter between Rotterdam and West Brabant
Legend of View of Willemstad
Legend of View of Willemstad
year
2017

team
ir. Marco Vermeulen, ir. Bram Willemse, Chiel Lansink

programme
Synthesis and design research

client
Vereniging Deltametropool


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