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DDA nomination 2022 | Habitat
The VisKringloop in the Wieringermeer polder is a spawning and breeding ground for fish. Clear and large-scale circles provide space for water, grass dikes, reeds and a range of (underwater) vegetation. The variation in water depths, current directions and orientation to the sun create a unique habitat for fish with various places to spawn and shelter. Innovative fish flows create an ecological connection between the Amstelmeer canal / IJsselmeer and the polder water. A new forest edge creates an ecological transition to the Robbenoord wood. The design was established in close collaboration between landscape architect, artist and ecologist. The viewing tower offers visitors a good view of the expressive shapes and sightlines in this artificial landscape, as well as the rich ecology of the area.
Ecology, landscaping and architecture are beautifully intertwined in this textbook example of an artificial landscape. The intervention in the landscape is all about creating better living conditions for wildlife. The VisKringloop tells a clear story; visitors are seduced by the shapes and learn to understand the natural processes. As a client, the Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorder Kwartier attaches as much value to ecology as to art and the aesthetic quality of the landscape. This creates added value for the landscape and nature. With the VisKringloop, HOSPER & co use spatial design in a well-dosed and intelligent way, creating a place that is functional, eye-catching and narrative.
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Photography: Pieter Kers, HOSPER