Enkhuizen_The Gateway to the Ijsselmeer region.

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Enkhuizen_The Gateway to the Ijsselmeer region. 

Alexandra Egarmina

Course: European Post – Master in Urbanism (strategies and design for cities and territories)_Student work design studio spring semester 2015 TUDelft


The introduced project focuses on the urban area of the Dutch city of Enkhuizen and its surroundings. The area is unique due to its location on the shore of the IJsselmeer Lake. One of the main distinguishing features of the city is that it is essentially surrounded by water. Another important feature is its history; downtown of Enkhuizen is of great value in terms of architectural heritage.

However the last few decades of intense urbanization have left the structure of the city scattered. As a result of the lack of a single cohesive vision, amenities have started to grow along the waterfront gradually blocking the downtown district from the water. Whilst the outskirts of the city form a ring around the historical core and increasing land pressure is setting obstacles for the development of the town.

The project explores the potentialities of Enkhuizen taking into account such distinguishing features as the historical core. The projects explores the potentialities of the waterfront focusing on the people as an inseparable part of the urban planning and landscape design.


Who influences you graphically? What is the purpose of the diverse formats of the images? What drove the idea of the triptych and what is its intention?

Each image represents the idea of the relationship between the waterfront, urban area and the observer. The role of the person as an inseparable part of the landscape is dominant in all the interventions.

The architectonic form, represented at the triptych is a Terraced pier. Oriented towards both sides, open sea view and skyline of the downtown, the pier should create the connection between the urban area and the waterfront, a connection which will be supported by the program­ming of the Pier. Small cafes, spaces for open cinemas or concerts could be used in nighttime, while viewpoints, sunbathing terraces and swimming facilities are good for daytime leisure. The lifestyles opportunities appear to be crucial in competition for the creative class. Key drivers of attractiveness in that sense are: inclusiveness, diversity and ability to provide services not only during the day, but also at night. This intervention aims to start to attract people and attention to the site. The object also should serve as a showcase for the principle of the whole project. That is why showing all the potentiality of the waterfront in one image was crucial. That is how the triptych idea was born.

You only explore your proposal through Perspective views, what importance would a plan or section hold? What is your take on the art of collage and why have you chosen it as the major means of representation for your proposal?

An urban planner should be able to not only estimate all the levels that constitute the place, but also be able to apply the proposals in a concrete situation. Design itself is an integral part of the research. The work of an urban planner never stops at the research part, it is not a linear process. Gaining new knowledge is a circular process, that is influenced on many levels by many actors, and our role is to manage and intertwine all the forces. Plans or sections are also an integral part of my representation strategy, but perspective view show the intentions and carry the idea of the project more precisely. They work as a guide to lead the process to the final Vision.


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