How the giant wall of Rosenburg appeared in the Netherlands (5 photos + 1 video)

28 December 2022

Some take the Rosenburg wall for a work contemporary art or installation. But this giant wind wall 1600 meters long was built in the 80s to protect ships.

After World War II, the port city of Rosenburg in The Netherlands began to develop rapidly, and through its channels began pass more and more cargo ships. In the 1960s, in parallel one old channel Nieuwe Vaterveg created a new one, Kalandia. Soon and many ships began to sail on it. These ships were so great that a strong wind blowing from the sea threatened to change their course, as they passed through the narrow canal. The authorities began to look for a solution.

In the 80s, architects Martin Struis and artist Frans de Wit took up the task is to design a wind wall that looks simple and was effective at the same time. The design included more than 100 concrete plates, and some of which had a concave shape. It turned out a whole a wall 1600 meters long, which significantly reduces the force of the wind. After this, the ships were able to overcome the narrow channel more easily, and the structure itself became known as the Rosenburg Wind Wall.

In the southern part of the Kalandiya canal, the wind wall consists of concrete structures 18 meters wide and 25 meters long. Closer to the bridge the picture changes - concrete slabs are only 4 meters wide, but they located closer to each other. Now some take the wall Rosenburg for a work of modern art - she looks and really big! Meanwhile, it reduces the strength of the local wind by as much as 75 percent.

Here's what they look like in the video

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