BASKET NEST BETWEEN THE MILLS, KINDERDIJK
‘Cradle to Cradle in the polder’
For a world heritage site, the story is just as important as the physical object itself; a good story for a monument suddenly makes a history lesson tangible and inspiring. The cradle legend brings an extra dimension to the sustainable cradle-to-cradle philosophy. ‘Cradle to Cradle in the polder’ weaves all kinds of points of view together; with attention for both material as well as immaterial heritage. The craft of willow weaving is given a new impulse. Of course, we will also use materials such as reed, flax and willow, used in the area for centuries, in modern biocomposites. As well as a role for professional designers, there is space for contribution from local heritage enthusiasts.
The pure engineering landscape will again become visible and inviting for larger streams of visitors because of a new tourist bypass that has a flowing form and a clean-up of parts of the age-old rural water machinery. The new visitors’ center, complete with willow sculpture, is unique in form, but its use of materials and colors from the area will make it fit beautifully within the cultural landscape.