The Seasaw for Den Helder is a memorable, undulating public art installation which responds to its context and history, whilst literally representing the dynamics of the sea in its infinite movement. The installation respects the existing dike whilst allowing visitors and inhabitants to experience both city and sea from a whole new perspective.
Location: Den Helder, The Netherlands
Client: Zeestad, Den Helder
Program: 300m2 publicly accessible artwork + 5km of landscape pathways
Den Helder is located on the northernmost point of North-Holland and is home to the country’s main naval base. The city’s unique location and heritage make it a significant viewing point for Marsdiep, the North and Wadden Sea. MVRDV were selected as winners by Zeestad, an independent organisation in partnership with the municipality of Den Helder in the international competition to create a new symbol for the city to help it develop a sense of identity, and establish a renewed connection between the city and the sea which became more disconnected after a recent reinforcement of the dike.
The Seasaw for Den Helder is a memorable, undulating public art installation which
The design responds to the current lack of a distinguishable symbol for Den Helder. A town with a remarkable flood defence system, a
In addition to the design of Seasaw, a scenic 5-km walking, cycling and hiking route is introduced across the
Completion of the public artwork is set for 2019.
Principal-in-charge: Jacob van Rijs
Design Team: Stefan de Koning and Ronald Hoogeveen with Sanne van der Burgh, Geert Folmer, Stavros Gargaretas, Boudewijn Thomas, Mariya Gyaurova, Akshey Krishna Venkatesh, Afrodite Moustroufis, Angel Sanchez Navarro, Boris Tikvarski, Edina Peli, Kristin Schaefer, Katarzyna Nowak, Kevin Loftus, Luca Vacchini, Mirco Facchinelli, Meng Yang
Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Tomaso Maschietti, Giovanni Coni, Kirill Emelianov
Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)
Structural Engineering: IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs - ir. Pim Peters RO, ir. Sander Lamping