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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

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3072 LM Rotterdam
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West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk
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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Storytelling through restoration

Fort bij Vechten, National Waterline Museum, Bunnik, NL

West 8 helped to guide the process of rehabilitation and construction of the site. Besides the restoration of buildings and museum construction works, part of the 17ha earthen bastion has also been brought back into its original state.

After years of neglect, the grassy structure of the fort was completely overgrown. West 8 transformed the site with an 80-meter wide band, in which the fort was returned to its original state. Several existing underground structures have been consolidated, restored and transformed and elements such as bridges and earthworks have been reconstructed. Because the site is surrounded by a wide moat, it is home to numerous rare and endangered plant and animal species. The original vegetation has been made visible again or replanted, creating a rich contrast between nature and culture.

Preserving new ecologies
& restoring old ones

Client
Province of Utrecht

Partners
Rapp+Rapp (Christian Rapp) in collaboration with Jonathan Penne Architecten (Penne Hangelbroek), bunker q, k2, parklaan and anne holtrop

Imagery
© Jeroen Musch, Ossip van Duivenbode, West 8