Tagged: water

Reflection of the New Luxor Theatre in the water of Rijnhaven in Rotterdam

Painting Waves: the Coincidental Artist

If you’re looking at my photographic work, it’s obvious that reflections are an important theme: in mirrors, in water, in glass, in metal, on ice, on wet asphalt. I even have a board devoted to the subject in Pinterest. Today I want to talk about a special kind of reflection. Under the right conditions, reflections in an undulating surface start resembling oilpaintings. With water as a canvas and coincidence as an artist. Impressionistic scenes that you only need to capture with a camera. The right circumstances So what exactly are these right conditions? To begin with: it has to be...

The steel arch of De Oversteek (The Crossing) in Nijmegen, with the smaller arches in brick and concrete, reflected in a puddle in the floodplains of the Room for the River project

The New Bridges of Nijmegen

When I visited the Room for the River project in Nijmegen, a year ago, I decided I had to come back after completion of the work. And so it happened last week, a day with four seasons, which resulted in very photogenic weather. River park Nijmegen now has a beautiful river park in the heart of the city. Although at some places it still looks a bit new and barren; grass, flowers and other vegetation are still working to recapture the areas around the newly created Spiegelwaal (Mirror Waal). Reason to schedule another visit for springtime 2017. Five new bridges...

The skyline of Deventer with Saint Lebuinus church, the ferryboat and the new pontoon bridge seen from the Worp near the IJsselhotel

Deventer: Return of the Pontoon Bridge

A few days before Christmas, I was in Deventer once again. This time I was more lucky with the weather than a few months ago. Finally the sky looked more or less like in the images and animations that I made for the Room for the River project. And also the bank near the IJjsselhotel looked like it did in my visualizations, since the project, with the aim to reduce the risk of flooding, has recently been completed. For an optimum experience, when viewing the animation the use of headphones is recommended: The new channel From Wilhelmina Bridge, you have a nice overview of...

Room for the rivier Deventer: the city and park De Worp are reflected in the new channel, seen from the railway bridge

Room for the River Deventer: Almost Finished!

I had not picked the best day to go to Deventer: when I came out of the station the drizzle had just begun to turn into more serious rainfall. But I have nevertheless made a little tour across the railway bridge, past De Worp and across Wilhelminabridge, to see how the Room for the River project was progressing. The project for which I made this animation and that by now is almost finished. Mirror pond From the railway bridge, there’s a great view of one of the new channels that will provide a better flow during high water levels. And...

Photo made in May 2015 of the Room for the River project in Nijmegen, showing the work on progress on the new channel and the Promenade Bridge

Work in Progress: Room for the River, Nijmegen

About five years ago, when employed at Royal HaskoningDHV, I worked on the Room for the River project near Nijmegen. Perhaps the most radical of all the projects in the national Room for the River program. Near the village/neighbourhood of Lent a new channel is created, cutting off the inside bend of the river Waal, resulting in a new island: Veur-Lent. Among other things, I made this animation. Suggested soundtrack: “This is your Lent” by Simple Minds on. Stills from the film were used to inform the public about the project like on these information cubes: Last Friday I was...

Fragment of the double street map of Rotterdam which compares the streets, blocks and harbours of the city in 1939 and 2014

Rotterdam: a Tale of Two Cities

If you’ve been reading my blog (for example, take the article on the old Bijenkorf or windmill De Noord) you know that I’m really interested in the history and architecture of Rotterdam. And that’s not just because I live there. What fascinates me is that there are actually two different cities. These two cities share the same location, but are separated from each other by time. With one major breaking point: the day of the bombing, May 14, 1940. Of course, other cities have changed enormously as well since, say, the thirties. But nowhere the changes have been as dramatic...

Front facade of the Green Pyramid, a radically sustainable house in Borne, The Netherlands: a modest entry to a surprisingly generous space

The Green Pyramid: Radically Sustainable

The Bornsche Maten is a new neighborhood in the municipality of Borne, the Netherlands. In the southern part there’s room for the so-called “Living Wild”-concept: building without restrictive rules, giving the buyer the right to determine the size of the lot and the freedom to choose which style of living suits him or her. There is still room for ten to twenty houses. In a design competition builders and architects were challenged to share their creative approach to living in the 21st century. A jury has reviewed the 39 submissions on originality, comfort, sustainability and innovation; ultimately they selected 18...

Photo of the little harbour of Goes, Zeeland, The Netherlands, with old houses, reflecting water surface and various boats, in beautiful evening light

Goes before Sunset

We walked by the little harbour of Goes at just the right time. The sun was just setting behind the houses, the wind had dropped and in the sky some interesting cloud formations had formed. At such a moment, it’s not too hard to make a scenic photo.

View of the future breakwater islands in the IJssel river near Deventer, part of the Room for the River project

Islands in the Stream

Stentor was, in Greek mythology, a herald with a loud voice who served in the Greek army at Troy. De Stentor is also the regional newspaper of Deventer and surroundings. Island breakwaters On April 12th, de Stentor published this image, made by 3Develop, to illustrate an article about the island breakwaters that will be made in the IJssel river: Innovation The island breakwaters are an innovative way to ensure that the channel does not become bogged down while at the same time leaving sufficient width for passage of ships. The images that I, as 3Develop, made ​​of the breakwaters at...

Working on the channel between Bolwerksplas and IJssel river near Deventer as part of the Room for the River project

Digging in Progress

I was in Deventer for another reason but I also went to have a look at the Room for the River project along the IJssel river, for which I made, among other things, this animation. People worked hard on this day on which the fog and the sun were having a lenghty struggle, which was eventually won by the sun. This photo was taken from the Wilhelmina Bridge and shows the channel that will connect a lake called Bolwerksplas with the river. UPDATES: Islands in the Stream Almost Finished Return of the Pontoon Bridge