Oude Dieze 17 5200 BN 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands
Since 2008 a stunning intervention of Buro Lubbers reconnects the Meuse and the centre of Cuijk. Inspired by the scale and atmosphere of the river, the studio designed a sturdy wall of steel. By banking the wall 10%, by seemingly bulking it out of the river bank, both land and water visually obtain more space. Downstairs at the waterfront the river apparently wins territory, while on the boulevard visitors experience a fluent and spatial transition between town and landscape. The carefully constructed design is characterised by the daring and keen measurements. While the quay at the side of the town emanates security and the wooden seats at the waterfront offer a grand view, the view at Cuijk from the opposite of the Meuse has changed dramatically. Not only Cuijk acquired a new meeting place and is protected against the unpredictable Meuse in the stormy weather of these day, above all the Dutch river landscape gained an explicit landmark.