Dutch practice Paul de Ruiter Architects, has designed the winning competition proposal for the 'Inspiration Centre'
to be constructed in Grevelingen, The Netherlands. Situated within a coastal nature reserve near the north sea,
this project will introduce a recreational element to the landscape. Currently an enclosed inlet and the largest tide-less
salt water lake in Europe, Lake Grevelingen must be reconnected to the ocean to introduce water flow, reviving the flora
and fauna of the area. The structure will be positioned at the midpoint of Brouwer's Dam which physically separates the two bodies.
A central tower is elevated above two low-profile volumes, creating a place for wind to circulate and introduce daylight into the heart of the building. Lifted above the earth or cut into the land, the structure serves as a benchmark for the uneven and changing ground levels resulting from tidal processes. Taking a visual aesthetic from the surrounding context, the facades are surfaced with reeds and green roofs.
client: grevelingen nature reserve and recreation area
programme: inspiration centre with restaurant and viewing tower
gross floor area: 1,200 m2
architect: paul de ruiter architects
design: paul de ruiter in collaboration with chris collaris
project team: chris collaris, mariya gyaurova, noud paes, christian quesada van beresteyn, wilko de haan, niels groeneveld, marieke sijm
commencement of design: october 2011
commencement of construction: january 2013
completion: september 2013