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This weekend a monumental span was installed to the bridge over Oirschot's Wilhelmina Canal. Conceived by West 8, the elegant and simple truss is ground-breaking in its use of azobé wood as a primary material to span the 40 meter clearing. The bridge is a pinnacle landmark for the Green Corridor, a 13 km long recreational route between Eindhoven and the historical centre of Oirschot. The final design and construction of the bridge were led by Ballast Nedam, who worked with West 8, wUrck and the Municipality of Oirschot to realize the project.
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Client: Gemeente Oirschot
Construction: Ballast Nedam
Design: West 8, wUrck
Wood specialist: Wijma Kampen
Steel specialist: Nauta Heeg
more information: New Oirschot bridge sees monumental timber truss installed
New Holland Island Construction Progress
West 8 continues to work on Phase II of the development of New Holland Island. Phase II adds green space around Warehouse 12 and along the North-Eastern edge of the Island on the Krukov Canal. The new green spaces and Warehouse 12 are slated to open in the first quarter of 2020.
more information: New Holland
Panorama Nederland on Tour
The Netherlands is facing a number of complex issues: climate change, an ageing society, the transition to renewable energy, an acute shortage of housing and limits in agricultural development. The Panorama Nederland presents an image of a country that remains extremely recognizable for everyone, but that works fundamentally differently in terms of mobility, food production, building techniques and energy generation. It is a future perspective for the spatial design of the Netherlands.
The Panorama Nederland (Panorama the Netherlands) is not only a publication, but also a physical panorama: a 360-degree imagination at eye level in which visitors can take a look into the future. It is an initiative of the Board of Government Advisors (Floris Alkemade, Berno Strootman and Daan Zandbelt) and has been produced in close collaboration with the Deltametropolis Association and the designers and visual artists of West 8.
This panorama will travel through the Netherlands in 2019. In the coming period it can be seen at various locations across the country including Tilburg, Utrecht, Leeuwarden, The Hague, Breda and Maastricht. More details on locations and dates can be found on the official Panorama Nederland Project website.