This Stunning Dutch Art Installation Will Gently Rock Visitors Like a Seesaw

first_img Next Editors’ Recommendations It seems the architects of Scandinavia and northern Europe never sleep. In the last few months, they’ve unveiled some truly stunning designs. Consider the beautiful “Parkipelago” in Copenhagen Harbour, this incredible spiral observation tower, and even the world’s most beautiful toilet (because Norway). Not to be outdone, Dutch architects have debuted an award-winning design for a large, one-of-a-kind viewing platform that literally rocks back and forth as visitors walk on it.The so-called Seasaw is designed as a modern, wave-like viewing platform on a narrow peninsula off the northernmost point of North Holland. In profile, it appears as a curved eye shape, its two tapered landings cantilevered over the Wadden Sea. Those walking on the structure will experience a gentle, up-and-down swaying like that of a playground seesaw (get it?). The ambitious design is purportedly a world first — hardly surprising as most large structures are not expected to move.The Netherlands is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Wadden Sea. The coastline of the sea stretches for some 300 miles, touching Denmark and Germany. It’s a place of breathtaking natural beauty that includes pristine wetlands, estuaries, beaches, and tidal flats — all of which are along a migratory path for some 15 million birds each year.The project’s design was the result of a competition among European architects and urban planners in the Netherlands. The initiative was spearheaded by urban redeveloper Zeestad to reinvigorate the historical coastline of Den Helder, roughly 50 miles north of Amsterdam. The municipality is home to the country’s main naval base, and its connection to Marsdiep, North Holland, and the Wadden Sea dates back centuries. With the recent structural reinforcement of a massive dike that visually disconnected the city from the sea, city planners sought a new, concrete way to visually reconnect it to the Wadden Sea.The architectural firm behind the Seasaw project, MRVDV, was careful to respect the city’s rich marine heritage while providing a new, thoroughly modern way to appreciate it:“The Seasaw for Den Helder is a memorable, undulating public art installation which responds to its context and history, whilst literally representing the dynamics of the sea in its infinite movement. The installation respects the existing dike whilst allowing visitors and inhabitants to experience both city and sea from a whole new perspective.”The Seasaw is a working concept right now. MVRDV is scheduled to work with world-class Dutch engineers to complete the platform in 2019. A roughly three-mile hiking, cycling, and walking park route will directly connect the viewpoint to the city. Live the High Line Life at This Zaha Hadid-Designed Penthouse World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts 1 of 4center_img Previous Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

The NAMA advisors who work for free cost €23000 last year

first_imgMEMBERS OF THE National Asset Management Agency’s advisory group ran up a €23,000 tab for hotel, travel and subsistence costs last year, according to recently-released figures.The figures were disclosed in a parliamentary question answered by Finance Minister Michael Noonan last week. He has also revealed that he has met with the group five times since it was set up in 2012.The Minister said the Department of Finance budgeted for costs in the region of €40,000 which means the group, which works on a pro-bono basis, came in under budget.The advisory group was set up last year to advise the Minister on NAMA’s strategy and capacity to deliver its aim of disposing of the significant amount of property loans it acquired during the financial crisis.The state’s so-called bad-bank acquired €75 billion of bad property loans from banks in an attempt to eventually sell them off and recoup some of the money that was put into the banks to prevent their collapse in 2008.The advisory group is chaired by former HSBC boss Michael Geoghegan with current NAMA chairman Frank Daly and businessman Denis Rooney also serving on the group.Noonan met with the group, which operates on an informal basis and reports directly to him, on four occasions last year and once so far this year.“The group’s advice to me primarily relates to the strategy of NAMA as proposed by the board of NAMA; the remuneration of the senior executives of NAMA and any further advice that I may seek on any matter relating to NAMA,” Noonan said.He said that any issue raised by the  group is discussed with senior officials in the Department of Finance and said that he was satisfied that the group is working effectively.Noonan added: “However it is important to note that this group is not a shadow Board nor is it intended to provide a route for me as Minister to get involved in the day to day running of the Agency.”Read: No more consultations on salary waivers for NAMA/NTMA staff on over €200kRead: NTMA paid PR company €630,000 to “keep taxpayers in the dark”last_img read more