Zuidpolder Landscape Park, Rotterdam Region, Barendrecht, Amsterdamse Poort

The urban area in the Rotterdam agglomeration has grown rapidly over recent decades. In order to improve water quality in the Barendrecht urban area, as well as the recreational and ecological value of the water systems, we worked with the municipality to redesign the Zuidpolder. Around 110 hectares of agricultural land between Barendrecht and the Oude Maas river have therefore been transformed to create a contemporary landscape park with (clean) water storage.

The Zuidpolder, part of the Blauwe Verbinding project, has three functions. Firstly, the storage of clean water for the urban water system, secondly, recreational boating, the cycling and walking route between the Zuiderpark and the Waaltje waterway and thirdly an ecological connection between green spaces in the urban area and (future) nature areas in IJsselmonde.

The design incorporates water storage, recreation and ecology. Together, these functions result in an attractive new landscape on the southern side of Barendrecht. Thanks to a sophisticated water system, clean water will be stored during periods of high water, so that water levels in canals in the urban area can be maintained during drier times. Recreational users now visit the landscape park in high numbers; it is used for canoeing, cycling, walking, roller skating and horse-riding. The De Kleine Duiker petting farm (which we also designed) and the Theehuys Polderzicht cafe (for which we designed the integration) are also popular. Finally, nature has also benefited from the development as a whole. Many farmland, water and woodland birds have found a habitat here, as well as rare plants such as the European yellow rattle and the southern marsh orchid. 

 

Landscape Architecture: Arcadis

Other designers involved in the design of landscape:
Paul de Ruiter (architect), MVSA (architect), Vocus (architect)

Project Location: Bijlmerplein, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, The Netherlands, Rotterdam Region, Barendrecht

Design year: 2012

Year Built: 2012-2016 and 2021-2022

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Metalco ArchInteligence

New in Product Library

Visit Product Library
List Your Products

Explore



  • Landezine Newsletter

    Best of Landscape Architecture in Your Mailbox
    Twice per month!

    Keep in touch!


    About Us / Contact
    Send us your project!
    Advertise
    Landezine LIVE
    LILA - Landezine International Landscape Award

    Privacy Policy
    Terms and Conditions



    © 2009 – 2023 Landezine
    +386 40 81 40 04
    info (at) landezine.com

    All rights reserved. All photos, plans and renders of projects on Landezine are property of a photographer or landscape architects mentioned within a specific project presentation.
    Watch Landezine LIVE Lectures
    See LILA - Landezine International Landscape Award Winners