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
Province of Utrecht
Rapp+Rapp (Christian Rapp) in collaboration with Jonathan Penne Architecten (Penne Hangelbroek), bunker q, k2, parklaan and anne holtrop
© Jeroen Musch, Ossip van Duivenbode, West 8