a new village for the IJsslemeer delta, landscape & urban design for 1300 new homes
- Cliënt: Municipality of Kampen
- Team: Bureau Alle Hosper (Sweden) (hoofdaannemer stedenbouw), REDscape (landschap), Patrick Mc Cabe, J. Braaksma, J. Woltjer: Vandkunsten and Friis&Möltke (architects)
- Year, status: 2010, Phase 1 completed, phase 2 under development
Masterplan Reeve, Kampen (NL) – The new village of Reeve has been designed largely on a dike that has been specially shaped as a tectonic landscape, similar to a river dune. The topography rolls gently down to an internal lake and forms endless variations allowing the housing types to be integrated into the design of the landscape. The master plan for Reeve is a unique project in many ways. Most importantly it is the first project (since 1950’s) in contemporary Dutch landscape, to have dwellings built on a primary defensive dike. The dike forms the new edge to the green river, a by pass for the Ijssel river around the old Hanseatic city of Kampen.
A large part of the landscape is to be planted with mixed woodland. This woodland will absorb the housing and create a backdrop to the village skyline. The houses along the northern side of the dike will enjoy views to a large internal lake. On the south side the houses will enjoy a wide panorama of the green river. This green river will sporadically overflow at different times of the year and forms a large nature reserve as well as an important overflow for the Ijssel during peak floods.
The heart of the village is pivotal and is located around the sluice to the internal lake, where large marinas are located. The ease of access to the Ijsselmeer – one of Holland’s favourite sailing destinations – makes the concept of yacht on house an important part of the overall concept. The village centre has been fragmented to form an archipelago with an informal structure of waterways along which back gardens, quays and houses form a variation of edges to the central canal areas. The central village functions, school, shops and hotel have been clustered in vicinity of the central sluice gates.
Role and involvement
The village of Reeve was designed by a team of experts, including urban designers, architects, and landscape architects. REDscape’s task is the design of the landscape and public realm, based on the urban plan desgined by Bureau Alle Hosper (Sweden). The following offices formed the desing team. Bureau Alle Hosper (Sweden) (main contractor, urban design), REDscape (landscape), Vandkunsten and Friis&Möltke (architects).