Waves at IJburg, Amsterdam (see films below)




When one of the residents of the apartment building steps outside, the water surfaces of the basins will start to move in an undulating motion rolling through all three of the reservoirs, making it look as if the rolling waves are handed on from one basin to the next. After a few minutes, all is quiet again in the courtyard. These ponds are conceived as ‘cut-outs’ of the former Zuiderzee, an inland sea from which this new land was claimed. The past is reflected in the temporality of the waves.

location
inner courtyard of Multifunk, residential/business building

dimensions of water basins
30, 20 and 14 x 3 metres

material
wave generators: electrical engines, stainless steel, water

year
concept and design: 2004-2006
execution: 2007-2008