The existing area holds many fishponds, tree nurseries and fields. There is little urban development because of the low position and flooding risks. On the other hand, some of the patterns in the landscape still represent the old arms of the rivers. These formed an important inspiration for our design in which we want to reproduce the nature, but also want to demonstrate the human influences by certain relics.
The rivers are bordered by dikes, shielding them from the rest of the water system. On top of the dikes are trails, giving a broad overview of the landscape. However, next to the lake is a busy road, distancing the residents and visitors of the area from the lake. So, the dikes simultaneously form barriers and possibilities for the visitors.
In our concept design we want to enhance the accessibility and visibility between the different areas of the region, allowing the nature to follow its natural course. We chose to balance the cultural part; the artificial fishponds, the straight tree galleries of the nurseries and the agricultural fields, and the original nature, dominated by water flows, reed beds and water forests.
Dikes protect the cultural ‘relics’. They form the connection between the areas and the touristic activities and establishments. Also, these dikes will be the trails to fishponds, fruit picking areas, bird observatories etc. Moreover, there will be areas that will not be accessible (during floods) for visitors; areas with high ecological value. In this way the visitor can engage in multiple touristic activities, while keeping the balance between nature and tourism in store.