The successful landscape of the Dutch Green Heart forms the basis for development of a special long-stay recreation area. The relatively narrow plots (strokes), surrounded by broad ditches, are characteristic for this landscape. The typical setting is used as a design language to anchor the project in its environment.
In contrast to the otherwise open landscape, the strokes here are planted with compact, local vegetation (coppices). Transitions from land to water are typically furnished with broad reed beds. In the density of this landscape, holiday homes will find their place.
Enhancing the contrast between open water and compact strokes in the redeveloped Reeuwijkse Hout camping site creates long sightlines towards the wider surroundings. The site is completed with a large open water feature, to create a central, collective space.
The outdated and rather lacklustre campsite in the lake area of Reeuwijk was given a new impetus. BoschSlabbers drew up the master plan for the site in collaboration with Kolpa architects from Rotterdam. Its key notions – peacefulness, space and water – have been translated into a concept that responds to the specific landscape features of this part of the Green Heart.
This response leads to a campsite that lends identity from the surrounding landscape: long lines along plots and long views across the water. You will also find broad reed beds, grasslands and characteristic alder and willow plantings. This creates a spatial framework that is reflected in two principles: thatched roof lines and scattered alder coppices. It shows that spatial frameworks can only fully realise their strengths when architecture and landscape are closely connected.
The holiday homes all orient themselves on the surrounding landscape of reed and water. Because every home has a closed facade, privacy is guaranteed. There are also clear rules for outdoor spaces. Private outdoor space is directly linked to the buildings, in the form of a floating terrace, located on the transition from water to land. This allows residents to live and relax in a high-quality green setting.
The zone surrounding the holiday homes and terraces will be set up as a semi-public area. The landscaping consists of natural transitions between mown lawns and flowery grassland, reed beds and open water. Coppices are planted at strategic points in the grassland. At an average of 3.5 trees per home, the total number of trees planted exceeded a thousand. Together with the broad reed beds, the coppices bring peace and continuity to the residential area, and blend it seamlessly into the surrounding landscape.
Title: Transformation Camping De Reeuwijkse Hout, ParqGreen
Location: Reeuwijk, Groene Hart, NL
Size: 13 ha
Client: Green real estate
Contractor: De Vries en Verburg, Bunnikgroep
Cooperation: Kolpa Architecten
Type: Master plan, provisional and final design, image quality plan, implementation supervision
Image credits: BoschSlabbers, Kolpa architecten, Green real estate
Project code: Zt 07-20