Happy Isles
2006, The Netherlands, Belgium, Dutch and Flemish Coast

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 participants offer the metropolis a new perspective by proposing a series of new, sprayed-up sand islands off the coast of Belgium and The Netherlands. These dune islands, measuring up to 150.000 hectares in size, will break the increasing waves. Also, thanks to ingenious engineering of the gullies, the off-shore under tow will cause the sea level to drop during north-western storms.

On the biggest island, Hollandsoog, 150.000-200.000 ha. in size, a broad representation of the community will be able to obtain a lease. The economy of this island will be based on leisure and nature experience; a happy island for family, lonely-hearts, poets and festivals. 

Svasek Hydraulics, Coastal, Harbour & River Engineering Consultants
Adriaan Geuze, Matthew Skjonsberg, Sander Lap, Simone Nienke de Bergh