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:

Cube with images and text about Room for the River Nijmegen

Last Friday I was in Nijmegen again, for the first time in a while. The work is in full swing; the area near Lent starts to look like the animation:

Room for the River Nijmegen: the new channel

Below we see the new channel, with on the left the quay of Lent and on the right, outside of the image, Veur-Lent and the city of Nijmegen. In the background the extended Waal Bridge is visible; more on the foreground is the Promenade Bridge.

Room for the River Nijmegen: work on the embankment near Lent

The embankment of Lent, the subject of much study, begins to take shape. This will soon be a great place to look out on the new channel, the island and the city of Nijmegen, on beautiful summer evenings.

Room for the River Nijmegen: the embankment near Lent

De Promenade Bridge between Lent and the new island is almost finished:

Room for the River Nijmegen: the Promenade Bridge

In the second quarter of 2016 the works should be completed. I’ll be back next year!

UPDATE: As promised, I went back to Nijemgen the next springtime. And I wrote this post about that visit.

Frans Blok

My work explores the border regions of photography, painting and computer visuals. With my company 3Develop I do work in commission but I use the same techniques, skills and software to make free work. I am originally an architect and I live in Rotterdam; for that reason the architecture of that city is a major (but not the only) source of inspiration. But also travel to countries like Iceland and Britain, or walks in the Netherlands, provide much material. Seeing and showing quality and beauty, that is what my work is about.

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