Park Poelzone Westland

year: 2012
size: 10 - 100 ha
type: landscape design
client: Gemeente Westland
LOLA landscape architects has made the definitive design for Poelzone Noord, a 21 ha ecological connection right through the greenhouse-filled Westland in the Netherlands.

Main features of the ecological zone are a long stretch of ecological shorelines, a 1.5 km winding bicycle route, 15 plots for new houses and an innovative setup a 2.2 ha spawning grounds for fish.

Here, fish can spawn and young fish can grow up in the safety of water plants. The spawning grounds double as a park and natural attraction for inhabitants and visitors. A route will take people to eye level with the water, making it possible for them to witness the natural spectacle each spring.

LOLA also designed the Animal Tree, an artificial wooden structure stacked with separate housings for bird, insects, small mammals, bees and butterflies. The Animal tree almost functions as a habitat for a whole ecosystem, but also serves a role as a landmark.

Next Architects was involved in the design of the Bat Bridge: a bridge that is made to be the ideal housing for four different species of bats, including a bunker for winter shelter. Being an unique bridge, it is the ideal entry for the Poelzone.

Definitive design
The Animal Tree is a clustered habitat for a whole ecosystem
Poelzone video
Definitive design
Definitive design