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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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A Highway Habitat

Landscape Design Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier, Zeeland, NL

A series of plateaus offer not just an intriguing perspective of graphic patterns for motorists passing over the storm surge barrier but a bird-rich landscape that opens up the panorama across the sea.

Five years after the works on the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier were completed, West 8 designed the surrounding landscape of the Eastern Scheldt by ironing out the sand depots and covering these vast plateaus with shells. These beds are the ideal rest place for the black and white coastal birds which seek to camouflage in the landscape at high tide. The fields were divided into geometrical patterns that contrast with the coastline and stressed the artificial nature of the colonies.

The Netherlands State Department for Roads and Waterways

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