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Middelharnis Sommelsdijk and Dirksland road S47 (N215)
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In compliance with my views on the road in the surrounding rural landscape, also here I felt the need to preserve the character of the existing landscape and not adapt the structures of the bridge and its retaining walls to the lines of the surroundings. Nor did I want to change the surroundings to accommodate the bridge. So, I decided to distinguish the structure of the bridge from its environment, and organize elementary concrete planes in a perpendicular fashion. Each had to be an autonomous form - a two dimensional rectangular plane. Only the dimensions and thicknesses were variable - their juxtaposition had to be intelligible. The axis of the Dirksland canal changes direction continuously; therefore the formation had to be adjusted to the direction of the canal and its dikes at this location. That meant that the road, which had its own course and was not exactly perpendicular to the axis of the retaining walls, was to cross the bridge at a slight angle. I decided to use color as a way of distinguishing the structure from its surroundings. I emphasized the autonomy of each of the elements by giving it its own color as well as differentiating the symmetric elements of the bridge to challenge the programmed way of our interpreting that which we see.

the poplar screens
After crossing the bridge there is a large space on the right, and later on the left also; I utilized these areas to plant rows of poplar screens at a sharp angle to the road. The seven screens are only twenty five meters apart, but because they are placed at the sharp angle to the road, the actual distance one drives from one screen to the next is eighty five meters. So the rhythm one sees differs from that which he perceives. At the end of the stretch of highway, coming from the bridge, the interspace between the screens is filled by a large shape. Driving from either direction, a twenty five meter square space, bounded by poplar trees, acts as a focal point. A small path winds through it; from it one finds himself in a large volume, opened to the sky. As the trees grow they at one time will form a cube (I calculate it will be around 2015)."

Lucien den Arend

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Middelharnis and Sommelsdijk
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poplar screens
dike section
Dirksland index
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