Commission to renovate the Lower Rhine and river Lek dams
Bierman Henket architecten has been selected to formulate a schedule of aesthetic requirements for the renovation of the dam ensemble on the Lower Rhine and river Lek. The bureau will supervise the renovation process as aesthetic consultant.
The dam ensemble comprises three virtually identical dams in the
Lower Rhine and River Lek between Arnhem and Vianen. The dams are
an important component of Dutch water management. The dams were
designed in the early fifties by architect Wouter Hamdorff and they
are the model of sheer, functional architecture.
Each dam comprises two, semicircular, steel visor gates. These pivot between two concrete abutments and a central pier. On top of this are four, arched, lifting constructions by which the gates are hoisted up. The cast-concrete constructions in the structure that supports the engine rooms have a futuristic appearance.
The dam at Hagestein (1960) was included in the recently-published list of renovated edifices of Dutch Cultural Heritage: Wederopbouwmonumenten van de Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed.