A living bastion
- Cliënt: Munucipality of Moerdijk
- Team: Team: REDscape: Patrick McCabe, Antoine Fourrier, Bas Poppe ism DaF-Architecten
- Year, status: 2019
Bastion Groningen is one of the seven bastions in the Willemstad fortress built in 1583. In 2019, the municipality of Moerdijk formulated its vision of the fortifications of Willemstad after a broad consultation with residents and local parties. In this the bastion is named as an important place, a pearl, with a lot of potential for improvement. Landscape architects REDscape and DaF architects have been invited by the municipality of Moerdijk and the city table to develop a new master plan for the bastion to make it more visible and accessible and to activate the location.
The design team proposes to take the layered and rich history of the bastion as a starting point in this development. The various elements on the bastion reflect successive periods in the history of Willemstad. The design team discovered that not only this layering had melted into an unarticulated ensemble, moreover, the team found out that many of the qualities of the bastion had been disrupted over time, such as the routing of the paths and the profile of the works. The task is therefore to clarify and structure the various historical elements by unraveling and articulating.
The plan drawing of 1865 is the important reference for redefining the bastion in its main form. New connections improve access to the bastion from the city center, as well as mooring places for boats from the harbor. Hedges are brought back into line with the historic military camouflage plantation. The interior of the bastion has been transformed into an amphitheater where cultural activities can also take place. A Terre Square (flat ground) has been defined to allow flexible use in the bastion. We have studied the military buildings (so-called ammunition buildings) on the possibilities for new use. The team proposes to make them accessible again for public visits. Some facilities have been added (such as water, electricity and toilets) to increase the flexibility of the fort in the future. A panoramic table on the works at the mouth of the harbor provides a visual accent and a place to stay at the end of the walk. Here the original function of the bastions is explained in word and image.