“HET WRAKHOUT” BRIDGE

The coastal division began construction of the Het Wrakhout (driftwood) bridge in February 2013. The bridge forms a safe connection between the harendijke district near de haan and the beach. This way, hikers, tourists and holiday-makers no longer need to cross the dangerous coastal road and the tracks of the coastal tram.

The bridge is 83 metres long and 4.4 metres wide and is constructed from a steel frame with wooden lattices. It incorporates about 1,000 wooden components. The lattices alone contain 600 beams of various lengths. It incorporates some 100 cubic metres of tropical Azobé wood. The wood carries an FSC label, which means the origin can be traced. The bridge also contains 30 tonnes of sectional steel. Het Wrakhout and work on the surroundings were completed at the beginning of May 2014.

The distinct architecture of Het Wrakhout establishes uninterrupted contact with the sea wind, the sand blowing up and the salty atmosphere of the beach and the sea. The wooden structure looks random and chaotic and, as such, refers to pieces of driftwood that have washed ashore and that lie scattered in the dunes. The structure reconciles several elements and functions of the coast with one another: safety, mobility, nature, sea defence structure, landscape experience, soft recreation and culture. Due to all these aspects, this is a textbook example of an integrated and sustainable project for coastal development.