In this film Ronald Rietveld presents two projects by Rietveld Landscape in cooporation with Atelier de Lyon: Bunker 599 and Fort Werk aan 't Spoel. Both are part of the New Dutch Waterline (NDW), a military line of defence in use from 1815 until 1940 protecting the cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem by means of intentional flooding. The projects are part of the overall strategy to make this unique part of Dutch history accessible and tangible for a wide variety of visitors.
Bunker 599: A seemingly indestructible bunker with monumental status is sliced open. The design thereby opens up the minuscule interior of one of NDW’s 700 bunkers, the insides of which are normally cut off from view completely. In addition, a long wooden boardwalk cuts through the extremely heavy construction. It leads visitors to a flooded area and to the footpaths of the adjacent natural reserve. The pier and the piles supporting it remind them that the water surrounding them is not caused by e.g. the removal of sand but rather is a shallow water plain characteristic of the inundations in times of war.
Fort Werk aan 't Spoel: Fort “Werk aan ‘t Spoel” is a national monument dating from 1794. It served to protect one of the inundation locks. In its new function, the fort should be able to accommodate a wide variety of events and activities initiated by the inhabitants of Culemborg. The design takes its inspiration from the fort’s rich past without historicizing it. It can be understood as an enormous grass sculpture integrating both new and historical elements such as the bunkers, the bombproof buildings and an amphitheatre.
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