Ever wondered what cities in the future may look like? Well Netherlands may
have given us a glimpse into the unseen and it does not disappoint!
Icon AFSLUITDIJK is a program undertaken by the
Government of Netherlands to protect and highlight the architectural beauty and
uniqueness of the legendary 32 Kilometer Dutch Dike, while focusing on its keys
functions which are water protection, upholding of heritage, mobility and
The AFSLUITDIJK is 32 Kms long dike, which protect the
country of Netherlands against water related disasters and flooding. It was built mostly by hand and is one of
Netherlands architectural icons and a wonderful piece of architectural work.
But after 85 years the AFSLUITDIJK was in need of thorough renovation.
But thanks to the joint endeavors of the Dutch Government, the surrounding
municipalities and provinces, the AFSLUITDIJK has been not only been restored
but augmented by the addition of a light reflective layer which adds immensely
to its beauty.
The structures are outlined with small prisms that
reelect light. Therefore they light up only when cars pass by. This way the
reflective power of indirect light sources is being used to illuminate the structure.
There is zero energy being used in the process.<o:p></o:p>
The entire design is inspired by elements in nature, such as the reflective
power of the wings of a butterfly. The re-design of the structure was carried
out by Studio Roosegarde of Netherlands. The project was led by Daan Roosegarde
along with a team of expert designers and engineers.
It’s one of three designs by Roosegarde which is a
part of the project to promote a green landscape. The three designs which are a
part of this project are the Gates of Light, Windvogel and Glowing Nature.
What Netherlands has done is an inspiration in many
ways. If other countries invest in similar ventures we can successfully combat
various kinds of pollution including light pollution and drastically reduce the
carbon footprint on this planet.
This is a start of an initiative that promises
to build a better tomorrow. <o:p></o:p>