On the Eem
ACTIVATING THE WATERFRONT
The building and the redesign of the outdoor space together form an integrated task. To make the area activate and make it sustainable, we suggest the creation of a stepped quay. This intervention is of essential to connect the waterfront with
the Grote Koppel, which improves social safety and provides unique recreational opportunities in Amersfoort.
The further reduction of paved surfaces and the reuse of the clinkers are circular principles that form the basis for creating a green and climate-resistant public space. The greenery contributes to creating intimate places and prevents a sense of massiveness. In addition, it acts as a windbreak and provides shady spots on the terrace.
SILHOUETTES ON THE EEM
In addition to a stepped form also has a distinctive structure, so that the silhouette changes as you move around it. This structure is inspired from various water-related structures, from the windmills on the Eem to industrial structures that were connected to the water. This is not a literal reference, but rather an inspiration to design a contemporary building design that nevertheless fits within the tradition of the structures along the Eem. This structure also has the advantage that sustainable, but extensive climate control systems are hidden from view.