Project

North Sea Archipelago

This proposal projects a sequence of artificial islands in the North Sea along the Flemish/Belgian coast. The islands provide coastal safety, nature, durability, and development. Today the coast is susceptible to flooding from storms, due to its low elevation. As sea levels are projected to rise due to global warming, the islands may serve as a proactive strategy to prevent potential ecological and economic disaster. The islands would be built up from existing banks in the North Sea, using the current morphology to determine their placement. They are dynamic eco-systems in a mixed water-land regime, and would serve as natural reserves and sanctuaries for migrating birds and seals. The islands would also occasionally offer innovative development, including new forms of tourism tucked into dunes along the islands.  Their pattern continues the historical pattern and distancing of medieval villages in West Flanders, as explained by Central Place Theory.

Location
North Sea, Belgium

Client
North Sea Archipelago

Year
2009

Type
Research

Area
50km2

Program
mixed, public, landscape, infrastructure, residential

Team
Luk Peeters, Alexander D’Hooghe, Andrew Corrigan

Collaborators
ARCADIS, DENUL, DEME, IMDC

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