The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

North America

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Designed to break the waves

Dutch and Flemish Coast

Offering the metropolis a new perspective, the Happy Isles could help neutralize rising sea levels by proposing a series of new, sprayed-up sand islands off the coast of Belgium and The Netherlands.

The Happy Isles Consortium – West 8 and Svasek – drew up a plan which combines an agenda for safety, and the necessity of new land. The islands are positioned between 5 to 25 kilometres off the existing shore and would provide a variety of social, ecological and sociological benefits. In addition, thanks to ingenious engineering of the gullies, the off-shore undertow in the design would cause the sea level to drop during north-western storms. These dune islands, measuring up to 150.000 hectares in size, are designed to break the increasing waves.

On the biggest island, Hollandsoog, 150,000 – 200,000 ha. in size, a broad representation of the community would be able to obtain a lease. The economy of this island would be based on leisure and nature experience; a happy island for family, lonely-hearts, poets and festivals.

Svasek Hydraulics, Coastal, Harbour & River Engineering Consultants

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