Title: URBAN NATURE
Team: Marieke Kums (NL 1979)
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Urban Nature focuses on the existing spatial and urban qualities of Havenkwartier and the current parcellisation is retained. The contours of the existing development are considered as a spatial framework for new development or green areas. The development of the Silo Island - and a new waterfront on the opposite side, will act as catalysts for the gradual development of more new buildings. New waterfront development, built on the tabula rasa of the water, form an exception. The structures are modest in size and comprise various functions. The space between the developments includes floating gardens and landing stages for small boats.
A thorough analysis has led to a fascinating concept in which the waterfront is conceived as a tabula rasa for an initial infill. This should then give the initial impetus for interventions elsewhere in the area that are understood to be conceived as the counterpart to a tabula rasa: the interventions are tailored to the existing structure and grain size. Because these interventions are selected from more-or-less autonomous components, the solutions can always be geared to specific situations. The bold design for the waterfront results in a strong, iconic image with fragile, Japanese-like structures. This is one of the few entries that puts the raising of the water level, announced by the municipality, to good use. The architecture leads the jury to question whether the transparency and the lightness that emerge in the presentation are realistic. There is a reasonable chance that, in their architectural elaboration, they will become heavier and larger than the images suggest. This critical comment on what is otherwise a promising entry leads the jury to conclude that a runner-up prize is in order here.
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