1. ROTTERDAM AT SEA 1hr 4min/ 2. AMSTERDAM AT SEA 51min/ 3. UTRECHT AT SEA 1hr 42min/ 4. DEN BOSCH AT SEA 3hr 13min/ BREDA AT SEA 2hr 57min/ 6. DORDRECHT AT SEA 1hr 32min
LOCATION
Dutch delta
YEAR
2004
COLLABORATORS
Urban Affairs
PROGRAMM
Accessibility Dutch coast
SURFACE
194 m2
CLIENT
Toerisme Recreatie Nederland

PUBLICATIONS
BEREIKBAARHEID VAN DE KUST

POOL BOAT

Trance-port

Ninety per cent of both Dutch and foreign beach visitors travel by car. A travelling time of many hours in a more stationery than moving, overheated car, is by no means an exception. But why has the trip to the beach become a necessary evil? Why begin the holiday on arrival at the beach? Cannot the trip and the destination be brought closer together?
Rivers lead to the coast, no one would dispute this, and herein lies a solution. Rivers are in fact an introduction to the sea and they are consequently the ideal and most poetic route to the coast. You drive a car, but travel in a boat. The car is a mode of transport, the boat transports us to other realms.

Whether the boat is quicker than the car is no longer important, because the boat has become an attractive destination in itself. the holiday begins and ends in the many inland harbours. These home ports can share in the profits of the downstream box-office hit: the coast.

The boat as a means of transporting passengers or as a place for recreation is not new. The combination of both, however, is rare. The boat envisaged here is a cross between a goal-orientated Fast Ferry and a wandering Spido or a waterbus and a party ship. The boat should be more than a means of transport and comprise elements that link up with, and are essentially part of, the past or future beach experience. passengers on the outward journey should be able to swim a few laps and sunbathe (warm-up), and on the home journey bathe in the evening sun and enjoy a beer and chips (après-côte?). All this against a background of river landscapes, harbours and cities.

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ROTTERDAM SUBZERO
2002, ROTTERDAM CENTER
FACILITY POOLING
2003, GELDERSE ACHTERHOEK
SKY PARKER
2004, SITE LESS
ROTTERDAM WATER CITY 2035
2004, ROTTERDAM

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