Major dutch dam 'Afsluitdijk' will be turned into a rich and endless source of stories
relating to safety, ecology, sustainability and experience.
Rijkswaterstaat / CC BY
impression of the new wadden-side
The Afsluitdijk is an icon with a
The dam stands for the Dutch fight against the water and serves as a
perfect example of renowned Dutch hydraulic engineering. The straight
dam also provides a unique image in the watery landscape.
The Afsluitdijk is highly important. The dam:
- protects the Dutch from excess water and flooding
- connects the provinces of North Holland and Fryslân
- attracts about 250,000 tourists per year
Safety and environmental quality
In 2006 Rijkswaterstaat established that the Afsluitdijk no longer
meets the safety requirements. That is why the government will be
reinforcing the dam and the locks in the dam. Furthermore, the drainage
capacity of the Afsluitdijk will be increased by installing pumps in a
few discharge channels of the sluice complex at Den Oever. The
government and the region will also consider environmental quality here.
This means that the reinforcements and the regional ambitions should
suit the environment.
Artist / innovator Daan Roosegaarde is commissioned by the minister of infrastructure Melanie Schultz van Haegen to design the new landscape icon for the 32 kilometer Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.