Innovative Floating Park plan for the city of Rotterdam to be presented this week

Innovative Floating Park plan for the city of Rotterdam to be presented this week

KCAP Architects&Planners, Royal HaskoningDHV and project initiator Emergo presented a floating park plan to the city of Rotterdam this week. This innovative and sustainable urban planning concept for the Rijnhaven harbour will significantly enhance the liveability of the inner city.

If approved by the Rotterdam authorities, the plan will in one go add 15,000 m² of greening, 30,000 m² of parking space and 17,000 m² of leisure facilities like an ice skating rink to the inner city, the Kop van Zuid neighbourhood and the Feyenoord district. The plan will provide considerable employment opportunities for the people of Rotterdam. The floating park is buildable within five years entirely with private financing.

Rotterdam‘s city centre suffers from a chronic shortage of space and green areas. The quality of living in the city has been squeezed by the intensive construction of buildings in Kop van Zuid and by increased vehicle parking. The plan for a floating park is the consortium’s way of finding space on the water present in the city’s harbours. The large Rijnhaven harbour provides a solution to multiple issues and will significantly upgrade spatial quality in the surrounding parts of the city.

The revolutionary concept has the ‘classical’ shape of a round island. It resembles a disc with a diameter of 185 metres. The park is also round-shaped and encircles a lower-lying inner area with enough space for leisure facilities like an ice skating rink or sports field. Two ring-shaped car park levels big enough for 1,250 vehicles will be built below the park. The structure’s dimensions and circular shape make it impossible for it to topple over and it will be impervious to wave action. The island can be relocated should this prove necessary.

An integral part of the plan is its social embedding in the fabric of the city. The floating park and its facilities will provide work for people distant from the labour market. By so doing the floating park will make a sustainable contribution to Rotterdam and its population in a social sense as well as in terms of urban planning.

“New York has The High Line, Paris has La Promenade Plantée and Rotterdam will have the Floating Park”, said Han van den Born, KCAP architect and partner.

Marco Huibrechtse of initiator Emergo said: “It’s always fantastic if an idea becomes reality. This plan continues the centuries-old Dutch tradition of turning water into land.”
Royal HaskoningDHV director Eugene Grüter added: “The people of Rotterdam will get a new meeting place. The Floating Park is not just an innovative solution to the shortage of space, it will also make the city a better place to live.”

See also: Floating Park Rotterdam (Dutch website)

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