The dike becomes the gateway to the mudflats.
Coastal Vision Wadden Sea
The Dutch Wadden Sea coastline is an extraordinary area with high nature value and a rich cultural history. By tourists it is mostly seen as an anonymous transit area en route to the Wadden Islands. Shrinkage and the rise of sea levels demand new opportunities to strengthen the economic base and to enhance spatial quality. Bureau B+B did a research by design for the Wadden Sea coastline of North-Holland and designed a integrated vision on the spatial development of the area.
The North of North-Holland: Gardens along the Tide
The North of North-Holland wants to present itself as a hospitable region. Visitors don’t experience much of that. Large areas of the Wadden Sea coast are private property, or inaccessible because of safety measures or nature reservations. As an addition to the over familiar North Sea coast, the Wadden Sea coast offers a vast “landscape, not for wimps”. You can feel and smell the gray mud, the salty air and even the food from the polders and the mudflats. The coastline has the potential to combine hospitality with gastronomy.
How do we make this fantastic landscape an experience of hospitality? First, we create access to the coast over the new and the old sea dikes. There are relatively few villages along the primal sea dikes. That is why we build ‘gardens’ at crucial positions. They are secluded, comfortable oasis in the vast, windy landscape. The dike becomes the connecting element, as well as the gateway to the mudflats. The biggest assets of North-Holland are the rich tradition of food production and the edible landscape of the mudflats. The dikes connect gastronomy to a place, like a farmers market in Kolhorn, picking oysters by the discharge sluice and tasting gardens at Den Oever.
We defined ten strategic hotspots to access the Wadden Sea coast. Every hotspot is different and tells the story of the coast, the sea, the hinterland and the location itself. The hotspots are specifically not large scaled touristic attractions, but hospitable places in an authentic cultured landscape, where people work, produce, live and eat.
- Location: Noord-Holland, Nederland
- Vision: 2012
- Client: Atelier Fryslân
We defined ten strategic hotspots to access the Wadden Sea coast. Every hotspot is different and tells the story of the coast.
The gardens are secluded, comfortable oasis in the vast, windy landscape.
The dike becomes the connecting element.
The Wadden Sea coast offers a vast “landscape, not for wimps”.