Kustzone Katwijk wins price ‘Best Public Space in the Netherlands’

On December 9, at the ‘Landelijk Congres Openbare Ruimte’ the “Falco Award Best Public Space 2015” was awarded. Out of the more than twenty entries is Coastal-works Katwijk is chosen as the winner. This prize is awarded annually to the best, most accessible and exceptional public space in the Netherlands.

Coastal-works Katwijk was praised for the high quality of the design of public space. This was obtained by the Waterboard Rijnland, municipality Katwijk and OKRA landscape architects by thinking constantly in the common interest and through good cooperation between the parties. During design sessions Katwijks’ inhabitants and stakeholders also had input on the design of the public space, which certainly contributed to the high quality. All of this is for larger projects and (hydraulic engineering) work certainly not self-evident.

Jury on Coastal-works Katwijk

The jury was unanimous in its verdict: Coastal-works Katwijk is a plan where in a special way the integration of spatial elements, the innovation in technology and concept developments are combined. ‘Katwijk has a sober inventive approach given to the redevelopment of the area. We are especially impressed with how the history has been perpetuated in the design. It was a difficult process whereby a balance had to be struck between security and identity and that they perfectly succeeded.”
The award is an initiative of the magazine “Stedelijk Interieur” and Falco, producer of outdoor furniture. Previous prize winners have been the Erasmus Park in Rotterdam, the Wilhelmina Square in Leeuwarden, the city center of Venray and Sonsbeekpark Arnhem.