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Windesheim bridges / NEXT architects

Windesheim bridges / NEXT architects

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Text description provided by the architects. The monumental area of ​​Windesheim has been enriched with eight new bridges, designed by architects NEXT. Together they form a series of connection points and recognizable seating areas on the pedestrian route through the park. The elegant arched bridges appear and disappear in the landscape. The design is not a literal reconstruction, but an interpretation of the style characteristics of historical heritage, with a modern and contemporary twist. Past and present come together.

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Historical research and the master plan for the renovation of the estate were drawn up by H+N+S Paysagistes. NEXT architects designed 8 new bridges for the estate to add a new layer and make the park more attractive and accessible.

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Domain of Windesheim. Windesheim is an area of ​​approximately 660 hectares located near the town of Windesheim in the Dutch region of Overijssel, south of Zwolle. The history of the estate dates back to the 14th century. The accompanying park was designed in 1789 by Dutch landscape architect Jacob Otten Husly. At the heart of the estate are the remains of Huis Windesheim, a former estate house. The historic buildings on the site, as well as the monumental fences, bridges, gardens and garden ornaments are protected national monuments.

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Jewels of the estate. With the construction of the park bridges, an interesting layer of “garden jewelry” was added to the estate in the style of Husly’s romantic park design. The eight new bridges are important landmarks on the pedestrian route and form part of the landscape. Following the shape of the winding path structure, the bridges accompany the carefully planned pedestrian route. The Ruin Bridge is an exception; this structure was designed as a viewing platform above the moat, which offers a view of the remains of the historic mansion. It is a unique vantage point where the different historical layers of the estate become clearly visible.

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Integration into the landscape. The various bridges conform to English landscape architecture in terms of style features. In the eastern part of the estate, English Bosch, traces of the rich history have largely been lost. Two arched bridges have been made for this part of the estate which offer a view of the water, elevating the passenger above the landscape. Bridges connect to the path structure with a smooth transition of deck and railings. The landscape and the bridge merge into each other. In the northern part of the domain, the paths are narrower. The bridges found here are designed as a walkway over water with a single railing.

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Using Corten steel, the bridges appear and disappear into the landscape. On the one hand, the rusty brown color of the material blends harmoniously with the forest, but on the other hand, the material is quite rough and sharp, which provides a contrast with its surroundings. The white railings reinforce this contrast and accentuate the bridges and their leading lines. The deck features a perforated pattern based on a deck constructed from wooden slats. The slits in the apron offer a small view of the water and underline the perfect integration of the new links in the Windesheim area.

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