Project: Renewal entrance area world heritage site Kinderdijk, the Netherlands.
Sponsor: Stichting Werelderfgoed Kinderdijk
Team: Treurniet Architectuur, Eli van Toledo.
Facts: Renewal. Changing cultural values. Study for new gains.
We want the visitor to enjoy the panorama, enters the area to visit the mills, gained knowledge of water management system and pay. To this end, it is necessary that the entrance area at least provides for: view points, a route in the area, education, and a cash register.
It is our vision that the visitor gets excited by the entrance area to enter the panorama of Kinderdijk and interact with the landscape. The entrance area now consists of the sum of individual actions and connections. We think the entrance area should work like a machine. A machine that is born just like the mills and the ground from the need to keep their heads above water. To generate sufficient financial resources that allow us to ensure the future of the world heritage we are introducing the Wave. The awful symbol of natural waterpower, that country invades. But in this case a machine, that propels the visitor into the landscape. The world famous landscape as the icon of Dutch water management.
The Wave gets a sensitive mechanical program. This brings the visitor physically in contact with the element of water (without necessarily a wet suit). It challenges the visitor to take notice of (sustainable) water management and the development of culture historical landscape. In addition the Wave and the landscape get also a counterpart in the virtual world. The visitor will be able to affect both realities by themselves.