DELVA unveils designs for a water-purifying city park in Amsterdam

DELVA Landscape Architecture / Urbanism has uncovered models for Het Oog (Dutch for “The Eye”), a multifunctional “(beneath)water” landscape park that will link the two neighborhoods of Strandeiland, a upcoming residential location that will accommodate 8,000 properties in Amsterdam’s IJburg assortment of synthetic islands. The 22-hectare town park is part of Strandeiland’s urban program designed in collaboration with the municipality of Amsterdam. In addition to delivering recreational opportunities for local citizens, Het Oog will also provide a rich range of landscapes, diverse habitats for fauna and pure drinking water purification systems.

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Situated atop the historic primeval channel of Amsterdam’s River IJ, Het Oog is a large, humanmade inland waterway at the heart of Strandeiland. The waterway, which will be created into a park, will backlink the two prepared neighborhoods at this time being designed in Strandeiland’s second improvement period, which is predicted to be accomplished in 2040 and will home around 20,000 people.

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“The distinctive identities of the Pampusbuurt (formal and city) and Muiderbuurt (informal and organic) are mirrored in the wealthy assortment of landscape typologies that will work alongside one another to form the structure of the (underwater) landscape park,” the designers described. “It is a position of home, conference and exercise for local inhabitants but is also comprised of diverse ecosystems, a normal purification technique and a unique urban natural environment. Thus, Het Oog varieties a stable ecological stepping stone among the IJmeer and the Diemerpolder.”

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The design of Het Oog focuses on a few principal themes: water purification h2o ecology with diverse habitats for fauna and flora and h2o recreational activities that involve strolling, resting, swimming and a lot more. Since about half of the rainwater on Strandeiland is diverted into Het Oog, DELVA — in collaboration with Sweco and the municipality of Amsterdam — designed a sequence of solutions to by natural means purify the drinking water and warranty harmless water top quality levels. The all-natural purification methods include planting a large location of reed beds that will inject oxygen into the drinking water reducing the h2o stage of the waterway to encourage development of water-purifying aquatic crops and shortening the lender duration with synthetic islands, wetlands and irregular landforms.


Illustrations or photos by way of DELVA and WAX

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