Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Rietveld Landscape - Bunker 599
How beautiful is this intervention into an old bunker? The bunker is part of a system of 700 bunkers that made up the New Dutch Waterline - a Dutch military defense system that was in use from 1815-1940. The NDW protected the cities of Muiden, Utrecht, Vreeswijk and Gorinchem through intentional flooding, transforming the economic heartland of the Dutch Republic into an island, if needed.
Rietveld Landscape, in collaboration with Atelier de Lyon, transformed bunker 599 into a public space by slicing into the concrete and providing passage through the bunker to the water and the footpaths of the nearby natural reserve.