DELVA presents ‘Het Oog’ (The Eye), an innovative (under)water landscape park connecting the two islands of Strandeiland. In collaboration with the Municipality of Amsterdam, DELVA devised an urban plan for Strandeiland (the second phase of IJburg which will accommodate 8000 homes in the middle of the IJ river), and further elaborated the dynamics of the inland waterways of Strandeiland, ‘Het Oog’ (The Eye). The new innovative city park is an impressive 22 hectares.
Het Oog is a large inland waterway, situated on top of the historic primeval channel of the IJ. The inland water forms the link between the two neighborhoods that make up Strandeiland. The distinctive identities of the Pampusbuurt (formal and urban) and Muiderbuurt (informal and natural) are reflected in the rich variety of landscape typologies that will work together to form the structure of the (underwater) landscape park. Het Oog adds to the rich palette of landscapes that Strandeiland houses. It is a place of residence, meeting and activity for local residents but is also comprised of diverse ecosystems, a natural purification system and a distinct urban environment. Thus, Het Oog forms a solid ecological stepping stone between the IJmeer and the Diemerpolder.
In addition, the inland water is not naturally formed and is completely manmade. The identity of the park is derived from the inland water which serves the city and provides ecosystem services such as: improving water quality, water ecology and water recreation. Het Oog (The Eye) facilitates a particularly diverse water-related program in which the hard quay on the north side contrasts sharply with the soft bank on the south side. The southern side is being developed as a wide and varied natural bank where the maximum emphasis is placed on the 3 themes of water quality, water ecology and water recreation.
Client: Gemeente Amsterdam
Location: Strandeiland, Amsterdam, NLSurface under(water) landscape park Het Oog: 22 ha
Status: Sketch design
Program: Water landscape with space for recreation, nature en water purification
Team: DELVA, Municipality of Amsterdam, Sweco
Design team: Steven Delva, Emiel Swinnen, Thomas Wolfs, Ranee Leung, Sumanth Subbarao
Website DELVA: https://delva.la/projecten/strandeiland-het-oog/
Images/Beelden: DELVA / WAX (renders)