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BNA Dutch Best Building of the Year Award (NL), Katwijk Coastal Defence (NL), winner 2016


The 2016 BNA Best Building of the Year award went to Katwijk aan Zee’s underground parking garage, which also won the popular vote. This innovative project was regarded as not just an architectural marvel but also sets a precedent for future coastal development. It was a two-year undertaking that seamlessly blends with the dune landscape, expanding the existing dunes.

The underground garage’s integration with the landscape expertly connects the town to the sea. It increases parking capacity while preserving the iconic boulevard. The jury commended the project’s inspirational qualities, collaborative efforts, meticulous design, and near-flawless execution. It was selected as the winner among eight nominees, and the public agreed, with approximately 5,300 votes cast.