BNA Best Building of the Year 2016
The new underground parking in Katwijk aan Zee, almost invisible integrated in between the dike and the boulevard of Katwijk, is winner of the Dutch BNA Best Building of the Year 2016.
Great attention has been given to the functional design due to its elongated form (500m) and the 663 parking spots the garage houses. The designers respected the fact that users need to quickly orientate themselves when inside the garage, and quickly find their way out to either the town or the beach.
The unique design of RoyalHaskoningDHV integrates the garage and its entrance and exit ways into the natural surroundings, i.e. the dune landscape. The design also ensures that the colours and materials used fuse seamlessly into the urban fabric of Katwijk aan Zee and its characteristic dune landscape.
President of the jury Hanneke Groenteman: “The garage is groundbreaking because it is not only an excellent building, but also shows how the Netherlands to deal with the design of our coast in the future.”
Photos: Luuk Kramer