Seaside resort of the 21st century



OKRA has been asked to give a vision of the future as part of the Voorhoede project so that coastal safety is accompanied by a quality impulse for the seaside resort town.

The coast is constantly changing, especially in the dynamic delta of South West Netherlands. The process of sea level rise and the higher demands placed on safety require reinforcement of the coast. Within the framework of the Voorhoede project, research has been carried out into how coastal zone development relates to a next generation of coastal defences.


Connecting seaside resort with the sea

In order to give space to the development of the resort and connect it spatially with the sea OKRA proposes to take the public space as a framework. By means of zoning, rules have been defined for coastal development per coastal section. In the core zone areas have been defined where conditions in the coastal zone are possible under certain conditions and where not. The ends some long routes will act as the anchor points, where buildings and activities on the coastal front present themselves. Specific solutions are offered for the anchor points.


Seaside resort of the 21st century

The proposed zoning of the coastal zone is linked to rules for building and public space, which ensure that even in the long term of approximately 50 years the frontline at sea meets future and far-reaching requirements for coastal defence.

The long-term perspective offers frameworks for a quality impulse. A focus on wellness makes the resort town obtain a new status of luxurious seaside resort.

A significant increase in residential tourism results in critical mass, which makes it possible to make the change from seasonal products to year-round operation.