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Haidong Hetanzhai Wetland Park Detailed Construction Design

Under the direction of Haidong’s ecological master plan, the key-area landscape design delivers a concrete vision in Ping’an West and the wetland in Ping’an East. The wetland design addresses river safety, water shortages and water quality in the two sites. The project process involved studying the Huangshui River water condition, existing plantation, and urban infrastructure & construction character. The strategies proposed define the floodplain based on 50-year flooding safety standard, and use additional ecological dykes & river bank protections. The Project retains the river’s natural forms, arranging wetland, fish ponds, farmland and rural parks within the floodplain. The Project reduces sedimentation and produces clean water for agricultural irrigation by introducing clean water system. Additionally, the Project introduce a continuous bicycle route to enhance site accessibility.


Midden-Delfland is the largest open agricultural landscape in the metropolitan area of Rotterdam. Surrounded by seven cities, the area is becoming increasingly popular and serves as a recreational resource for the one million people living in the proximities. The recreational connections between the cities and the site need to be improved and could offer new opportunities for the development of local tourism. The project ‘Gateways to Midden-Delfland’ improves these connections.

Commissioned by the local municipality and several local associations, NL Urban Solutions organized an interactive process to translate the regional vision for the Midden-Delfland area into a program called ‘Gateways to Midden-Delfland’. During several workshop sessions, a symposium and an exposition, these Gateways have been fleshed out into innovative-recreational gateways between the cities and the landscape. Local entrepreneurs are invited to develop a business model supporting the gateways.




The Cattenbroekerplas, originally dug as a source of sand for the creation of the nearby highway A12, is currently used for recreation. The development of a new neighborhood in the proximities justifies the improvement of the spatial qualities of the lake, like creating a new beach area and introducing recreational facilities. The design consists of an embankment that acts as a buffer against the negative influences of the nearby highway, a building to house the recreational facilities with a terrace towards the water, a beach site with a lawn, an event area and the necessary car and bicycle parking facilities on the southern bank of the lake. The eastern bank is transformed into an ecological zone of water and reed land.

Duoba Central Park Landscape Design

The Central Park is the first phase, pioneering project for the Duoba River Park projects. Located in the junction area of the Huangshui River and the Xinachuan River in the new town center, it is the central city park in Duoba. Concentrating on ‘Nature, Culture, People’, the design will serve as a ‘living room’ for the city of Duoba. While expressing the genius loci, the site is arranged considering its existing natural character, surrounding land use and future programs.

As the central park for the administration and commercial district, the Project will provide suitable park space for urban events and intensive use. At the neighborhood level, various playground and natural leisure spaces will serve residents of multiple generations.

In addition to the Huangshui River, Xinachuan River, and the existing channels, several proposed lakes and wetlands act as main attractions. The organic path form connects the park and surrounding neighborhoods with diverse service facilities, such as a square, tourism center, riverfront boulevard, garden, and a wetland. Together with vivid urban atmosphere, the central park will be a harmonious public site and stimulate for urban and environmental quality.

Duoba Huangshui River Park Landscape Concept Plan

With the theme ‘Huangshui Wetland, Urban Oasis’, this project develops a comprehensive river park in Duoba. The project combines the characteristics of the regional ecological belt, eco-security buffer zone, local cultural, historical and recreational corridor, and urban façade for Duoba New Town. The planning strategies focus on repairing river ecology by creating diverse river habitats and a natural river landscape. At the same time, these spatial interventions follow the ‘Space for the River’ approach to enhance flood safety in a more resilient and environmentally friendly way than traditional concrete dikes. The proposal integrates the unique local characteristics of plateau climate, land form, and cultural diversity to form a strong local cultural identity. The project improves urban and rural spatial quality by reorganizing public space, riverfronts, and eco-friendly slow traffic systems. The Duoba River Park Plan contributes to the new town’s long-term development in the river landscape and integrated urban environment.


This is the winning entry of the design and development of 12 ha in Duingeest, transfroming former horticulture area into a luxury green neighbourhood with 220 houses. The location lies close to the existing town, the sea and next to the dune landscape. In the 18th century, the location used to be a dune forest. The plan rehabilitates the original landscape of dune forest and dune landscape forms. The different levels of elevation of the ground form the basis for the double use of the land, hiding cars inside the dune landscape. It makes a car-free forest environment possible, in spite of relatively high density of housing.
The forestry plan includes a place for each grown up tree to be planted between the houses. The plan includes the urban and landscape design, as well as the design for the public space and playgrounds.


Haidong Huangshui River Basin Ecological Landscape Concept Master Plan

The project formulates an innovative direction and methodology for the ecological urban development in Haidong.

In order to build Haidong as the ‘green valley’ in Huangshui River region, the project proposes multiple strategies with the concepts of ‘green river’, ‘green mountain’ and ‘green city’. The strategy will remediate the Huangshui River’s ecological condition, enhance the urban spatial quality, and stimulate economic development.

The project has seven main challenges: regional ecological system recovery, flooding and river ecology, drought and water harvesting, soil erosion, sand sedimentation and mud slide prevention, urban bicycle route implementation as slow traffic system, and recreational uses in an urban landscape.

The project provides specific strategies for each challenge, and delivers a comprehensive vision for Haidong’s ecological safety grid. The grid consists of a river ecological belt, north-south mountain ecological buffer zone, mountain-edge ecological transition zone, and urban green infrastructure network. Additionally, the project explores practical interventions targeting each challenge and provides policy-making frameworks.


Keenenburg III/ Gaagoever Residential Area Design

The project Keenenburg III/ Gaagoever is situated along the north-eastern edge of the town of Schipluiden, The River Gaag runs directly along the site, and continues through the historical center of Schipluiden. South of the site is the suburb Keenenburg, developed between the late 80s and early 90s.

NLUS developed an urban plan for the site that included the new town hall and a small residential area. In order to secure the spatial quality of the project, we developed an additional quality plan, that works as an assessment framework for the aesthetics committee of the municipality.
The urban plan is split into two parts. The northern part of the site houses the town hall, that has been realized in December 2012. The southern part of the site contains 17 dwellings realized in 2013. The existing dike along the Gaag river has been widened in order to ensure the safe construction of the villas and town hall along the river.

The relation between the two parts of the site, the existing village, the large difference in elevation throughout the site, the river and the surrounding polders and the relationship with the surrounding landscape are the most important elements of both the urban plan and the quality plan.



In cooperation with Ballast Nedam, one of the Netherlands’ largest engineering companies, NL Urban Solutions has made a proposal for the future development of the Markermeer lake. The solution is a series of islands spanning from one border to the other. This creates an ecological connection, new recreational facilities, a new tunnel connection, and solves several water management issues.



As one of the ‘Gateways’ to the metropolitan landscape Midden-Delfland, ‘Op Hodenpijl’ should be a recreational hub of high quality and appeal. NL Urban Solutions has made a renovation plan for the deteriorated estate, that currently houses an information center, an exhibition center and the office of the Midden-Delfland association. The compound has been restored to its former glory where possible, resulting in the improvement of the entry avenue, the orchard, and a kitchen garden.