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LAND ART ENVIRONMENTS AND LANDSCAPE PROJECTS
Sommelsdijk and Dirksland road S47 (N215)
text Lucien den Arend (for images - click the
As the planning of bridge was still in a very early stage in 1984, and
my input was still in an experimental phase, the provincial engineers
proposed that I present my ideas on it. The Dirksland Canal was a very
old waterway and did not have a straight course. Its width varied.
Because the bridge could not be too high in the landscape, the span had to be shorter than the distance between the dikes which border the canal. A larger span would have necessitated higher T- beams. Therefore the engineers originally had the intention to make abutments which would project from the dikes. I did not want obtrusive additions which did not fit in my concept of clear distinct forms. I studied the possibilities of adapting the course of the dikes to the unavoidable shorter span. The roads division in Brielle and I made a number of variations which would keep the unity of the canal and its dikes and have the bridge be no more than a plane across the water - the most elementary structure. Once the height of the underpasses was fixed, the water level of the canal necessitated retaining walls to keep the roads dry. That meant that an arrangement of concrete planes was possible.