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Beach sentry
Beach sentry

Planning map: Beach sentries in the surf of the North Sea, Constructed wetland in the dunes, Shellfish farm in the former graving docks and Nomads on the sandbar
Planning map: Beach sentries in the surf of the North Sea, Constructed wetland in the dunes, Shellfish farm in the former graving docks and Nomads on the sandbar

Constructed wetland, a place to spend the night in the water-purifying reed filter bed amidst the dunes
Constructed wetland, a place to spend the night in the water-purifying reed filter bed amidst the dunes

The shellfish farm is where visitors assemble. The former graving docks on Oosterschelde are dug off to just below the flood line. The farm is sited along a pier that conveys visitors over the tidal field. These can have their freshly harvested products prepared at the farm.
The shellfish farm is where visitors assemble. The former graving docks on Oosterschelde are dug off to just below the flood line. The farm is sited along a pier that conveys visitors over the tidal field. These can have their freshly harvested products prepared at the farm.

Nomads join with the pier and breakwaters in making the sand replenishment sustainable.
Nomads join with the pier and breakwaters in making the sand replenishment sustainable.

The beach sentries along the North Sea coast prior to the accretion of new dunes. To begin with, the sentries are to be reached by water taxi.
The beach sentries along the North Sea coast prior to the accretion of new dunes. To begin with, the sentries are to be reached by water taxi.

Many years hence, the beach sentries will stand amidst the dunes.
Many years hence, the beach sentries will stand amidst the dunes.

The pier across the sandbar serves to secure the mussel beds.
The pier across the sandbar serves to secure the mussel beds.




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TEMPORARY STAY ON NEELTJE JANS
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ARCHITECTURE

Living quarters projected onto the former construction island of Neeltje Jans are to protect the natural surroundings and strengthen its recreational potential.
The coast of Zeeland province is coloured by the salty wind on the beach, the force of the surf beating on the islands, the calm of the dunelands and the vast expanse of the sandbars where seabirds forage for food. With its unbroken play of ebb and flood, the area admits to a boundless dynamic, with no minute the same as the one before.
We have protected our country with an extensive Delta Plan, whose crowning achievement is the Storm Surge Barrier. Having said that, constructing the barrier has had a negative side, influencing the tidal flow particularly in the Oosterschelde lagoon. This has caused mud flats and sandbars to disappear below the surface, robbing the intertidal area of essential elements. This while the billion-euro Delta Works project was meant to prevent such landscape erosion! It will require human intervention to preserve the sandbar that is Neeltje Jans.
To compound matters, climate change is causing the sea level to rise and storms to increase in frequency and intensity. This in turn is resulting in increased dune erosion, threatening a key nature reserve that doubles as a buffer for the island's sea defence structure. The island needs protecting against this erosion on the North Sea coast in particular. This can be done by curbing the sea's direct impact on the dunes.
Meanwhile, thanks to the Delta Works, Neeltje Jans has burgeoned into Zeeland Province's number one tourist attraction. Since it relinquished its duties as a construction island in 1986, Neeltje Jans has regained the capacity to develop as a natural landscape. The island lies in the Zeeland delta where Oosterschelde meets the North Sea. Wind and water are crucial in shaping the different conditions on and around the island. The location holds out excellent opportunities for expanding Zeeland's recreational network with unique living quarters that pick up on the way this distinctive landscape is experienced. This project seizes on those opportunities.
By hitching recreation to the protection, preservation and enrichment of natural landscape, an interesting type of accommodation can be realized that locks into the new landscape, where you can withdraw from workaday life in a way that is quite unique.