The Netherlands, and by extension Rotterdam, is in danger of being covered by water due to multiple causes: sea level rise, river discharge, rainfall and ground water levels. If this is to be a serious undertaking, one must plan for the worst case scenario, that major sea coverage in the distant future can be a reality. The heightening of dikes or the raising of land with sea sand is inflexible and, per definition, bound to be covered at some time. We propose planning for the worst case scenario, while offering solutions for the short and medium term. These solutions are aimed at the new residents of the harbor area as well as the community of Rotterdam and beyond.
The industrial harbor area is topologically transformed to engage with the water environment. Instead of negating its surroundings, it embraces it, by allowing water ponds to show the current water level and take extra water in during serious flooding. This works as a dynamic landscape and as a visual flood alarm.
Taking advantage of the shipping culture in the harbor, and the innovation and design centers on site, the technology and know-how is invested in the construction of elevated housing and working units, these structures are raised to be able to cope with up to 8 meters of flooding. Crowned by cranes, they are able to gather emergency living units in case of extreme scenarios.
The Floating Plugin Services
By using traditional barges or FLEX FLOAT systems, floating services surround the shore and offers parks, recreation, sport activities, energy systems or even agricultural /greenhouse vegetable production. Due to their mobility, they can be exported, rented or sold to other harbors, but more importantly, they can be reshuffled locally to cater to special events, such as the Olympics or mergence scenarios. As a collective, they allow for new urban cores to grow in the harbor with a close understanding of the dynamics of the riverbed, while offering the know-how to the local community and abroad.