While the roads clogged with traffic congestion, the city of Rotterdam has decided to utilize the river with its tributaries for passenger water. The Waternet project includes many stops for water taxis, water buses and party boats. Drost + van Veen architects designed 18 pontoons for the party momentum. They are found from the coast of Hoek van Holland to Rotterdam over the Brienenoord Island.The vast stretches of water, the pontoons are strikingly colorful appearances with a clearly recognizable, distinctive design language. The program for the Waternet stops includes a dock for boats of various sizes, a stop indication and an information board. There is created a place that provides shelter from the often strong winds with a seating area. The size of the pontoon is dependent on the location and the dimensions of the mooring boats.Although the pontoons are basically static objects, they are made of steel and decorated with a nautical silhouette clearly appeals to the dynamics of shipping. This form language and materiality is characteristic of all pontoons. This makes them clearly recognizable as a stop for the user. In order to function as beacons amid the movements on land and water, the pontoons have – according to the colors of the boats – got bright hues. Thus, the pontoon in the Leuvehaven is deep blue and the pontoon at the Water Tower Harbour bright orange.
- PROJECT:WATERNET, A NETWORK OF BARGES ON THE MEUSE
- LOCATION:RIVER MEUSE, FROM HOOK OF HOLLAND TO BRIENENOORD
- ARCHITECT:DROST + VAN VEEN ARCHITECTS
- REALIZATION:1998 – 2001
- © DROST + VAN VEEN ARCHITECTS