Wedged between two infrastructure lines in IJmuiden, the area Gijzenvelt / Moerbergplantsoen was a desolate area with commercial buildings, the employment office, vacant buildings including a church and garage boxes. Within 12 years, this area has been transformed into a City Park where people live and work. Combined with park functions and playgrounds, this has become a lively area with mixed-use functions.
Much attention has also been paid to landscape and ecology; the park zone forms the connection between the Kennemer dune area and the North Sea canal zone in IJmuiden. Many trees and artificial dune relief contribute to water collection, buffering and to counteract heat stress. The final phase of 240 homes is currently under construction and the project will be completed shortly.
Location: IJMUIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS
Client: Dura Vermeer
Partners: Klunder Architecten, Municipality of Velsen
Category: public space, landscape design