Architecture and the Sea, the Situation in the Netherlands

Part of the Innovative Renewable Energy book series (INREE)


This article summarizes the geographical location of the Netherlands and the continued struggle to avoid flood yet managed to build excellent buildings. It outlined the strategic principle of having sustainable architecture by using the 3Ps: people, planet, and profit. Then, energy, material, and water were discussed in several projects described in this chapter.


Sea level The Zuyderzee Works The Delta Works Outdoor conditions 



Deerns consulting engineers, Overdevest Adviseurs, I. van Reek en Zn Bouw, Aannemingsbedrijf Oostvoorne, and Vroegh and Hobbel BV, all contributed to this article by providing information about their projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of the Built EnvironmentUniversity of Technology EindhovenEindhovenNetherlands

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