Treating this special landscape with respect – as architects our motivation for a precision motorway project work has been designed accordingly. The new ring road required a natural integration so that the character of this area would be preserved.
At the Klarenbeekseweg, the new cycle path has been laid out on the old route. The parallel road is curved towards the ring road, making it independent as a landscape element and also shortening the underpass. The realization of two viaducts creates an open, pleasant experience with increased combination of motorcade and pedestrian approved under health and safety regulations. These already existing art-of-work are given a high-quality finish, at the same time provided with state-of-the-art vandalism-resistant integrated line lighting. The use of low masts in the access ramps of the tunnel prevent obstructions of vision due to ascending elements and disturbance of light. The red hand-shaped pavers under the decks of the artworks reflect the local character of the farms in tone and the unique color.
The Enkweg crosses the ring road via the striking viaduct, a recognizable and experienced moment for both routes. The sunken location of the N345 has a fluid and open design and marks ‘going under groundwater’ while maintaining the road profile. The wooden guide rail and the plank structure in the concrete retaining structure fit into an integral road image and the character of the outside area. Sloping columns under the deck refer to the large trees in the immediate vicinity and the large span ensures an optical continuation of the road profile. By using an arc and columns under the deck, the deck thickness remains limited and the artwork is visually low in the landscape. By adding a modest viewing area and information board, recreational added value is created.
Client: BAM Infra
Location: Voorst, The Netherlands
In collaboration with:
Rebecca Planteijdt, RethinkLandscape – Landscape Designer
Role: Freelance architectural designer at A&E Architecten
Photographs: Luuk Kramer