Vista takes a stand in the societal debate on spatial planning. We develop innovative plans for current tasks such as climate adaptation, biodiversity, rural development, infrastructure planning, cultural history and rural living. And we create talked-about designs for parks, nature reserves and public spaces. Thanks to our keen analysis of context and process we arrive at unique solutions.

Design research Houtribdijk Marker Wadden

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:39


On behalf of a number of national programs Atelier Making Projects aims to make clear where and how design can make a difference. The programs are enhanced with design through exploration, contextualization, integration and concretizing of challenges and assignments. The design research Houtribdijk / Marker Wadden is conducted by Vista landscape architecture and urban planning in collaboration with Svasek Hydraulics and commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Marker Wadden is an initiative of ‘Natuurmonumenten (2012) a Dutch NGO for nature conservation’. The project aims to establish an archipelago of islands between Enkhuizen and Lelystad, resulting in a spectacular nature area and experience for people. The project will contribute to the goal of a ‘Future-proof ecological system’ for the Markermeer. The objectives of which include: gradients from clear to muddy water, large stretches of marshes, wetlands and shallow areas, improved ecology and a more natural water level management.

By creating land-water environments, the ecological quality of the Marker lake will largely improve. The essence of the design task is to determine the possible configurations of the Marker Wadden in conjunction with the Houtribdijk. In the long-term it is essential to respond to the natural processes in the Markermeer, the construction techniques and phasing. Natural processes are most prevalent in the zone along the Houtribdijk. They are: waves and turbulence, circular current, tilt by storms and drifting ice.

If there are sufficient land-water environments, natural processes will start to play a role in shaping marshes and wetlands. Different designs of the Marker Wadden can benefit from this in their own way. We have four designs hypotheses. Making the most of natural processes is a starting point. It is important to preserve the ecologically valuable Enkhuizerzand and to highlight the underwater topography and the transitional zone between the Enkhuizerzand and the deeper part of the Markermeer. A civil engineering model opting for an efficient no-nonsense design has also been developed. The final outcomes of the design research:

1. Delta Model (guiding principle: maximum concentration of the circular current)

2. Lagoon Model (guiding principle: maximum use of water level fluctuations by wind action)

3. Model Atoll (guiding principle: maximum efficiently for processing silt)

4. Model Archipelago (guiding principle: maximum efficiency for the realisation of marshes, wetlands and shallow water)


 Sustainable, animal friendly barns well integrated into the landscape. Under the SBIR program (Small Business Innovation Research) the Ministry of Economic Affairs asked businesses for development ideas. Of 51 proposals received, three projects were selected, each receiving a contribution of 480,000 Euro. On June 3, the three winning consortia received a check from State Secretary Sharon Dijksma. With this money, a first prototype is to be built and the projects made market ready.


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The search for new locations for wind turbines is a challenge in which we must explore and weigh landscape and environmental aspects. In this, landscape architectural design is an indispensable tool. The landscape architects from Vista enthusiastically engage with this social issue. We do this in part from our commitment to think about generating more renewable energy and also from our responsibility to maintain and develop a beautiful landscape. Government Advisor for the Landscape Yttje Feddes argues that new configurations of windmill need to have a 'good story'. We whole-heartedly agree.

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Plan 4+1 wins Oostvaardersland competition

Thursday, 29 April 2010 13:02

Visualization of the Oostvaardersland Nature Activity Center

Together with Olaf Gipser architects and Arup Amsterdam, Vista won the design competition organized by Staatsbosbeheer for the new "Oostvaardersland" visitor's center in Flevoland. The building, with its striking water roof and high lookout tower, is an homage to the engineering skills of the land reclaimers. At the same time, it invites visitors to genuinly experience the new wilderness that was created here. Nature and culture come together in a contemporary exposition concept. In various domains, all types of target groups can discover the area in their own way.

Read more: Plan 4+1 wins Oostvaardersland competition


Country estates and Spatial Planning

Monday, 25 January 2010 10:07


The increasing attention being paid to cultural history in spatial planning is a shot in the arm for entrepreneurial country estate owners. Vista helps them with visions and development plans for their country estates. Below is an article by Pieter Veen published in the Landgoedeigenaar from December 2008.

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The future of the peat bogs

Friday, 22 January 2010 11:14


Vista is intensively involved in the debate about the administration of peat areas. With the “Dilemmas van het Hollandveen” (“Dilemmas of the Hollandveen”) study from 2002 for the Structuurschema Groene Ruimte (Green Space Structural Outline Plan) Vista placed the problem of subsidence on the Netherlands’ policy agenda. Below is the text from the lecture given by Rik de Visser in 2008 at a symposium on the development of the National Landscape of Lower Holland (Nationaal Landschap Laag-Holland).

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Unorthodox decontamination

Thursday, 21 January 2010 15:42

Volgermeer clean-up in progress, 2009

When cleaning up garbage dumps, the method of choice is often to isolate the garbage and add a clean top layer, which is then planted with trees and bushes. But such a standard solution does not always contribute to the quality of the landscape. An entirely different approach was selected in the Volgermeerpolder.

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Climate change as a challenge

Friday, 08 January 2010 10:38

Klimaatbestendig Nederland

Climate change has major consequences for the spatial planning of The Netherlands. Current climate regulations require integration of the environmental, water and spatial planning policies. Currently, these policies still often run on separate tracks. Vista’s innovative plan for the Groene Hart (Green Heart) Climate Park shows how these tracks can be joined. The plan aims to stimulate a debate about another approach to the Groene Hart. Together with  InnovatieNetwerk Groene Ruimte a survey is currently being conducted among social organizations. Below is the foreword to the draft report.

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Park21: A park full of variety

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 00:00


Our vision for Park21 is for it to become a park with its own clearly recognizable identity. A park that has something to offer for everyone, throughout the entire year. A park with both peaceful sections of nature and sections for some more serious recreation. A park with both indoor and outdoor activities. A park where the old water structure and original farm locations are still recognizable. A park where winding forest structures break through the starkness of the polder and provide an attractive, shady experience where you can hike, bike or horse ride for hours. But also a park where you can meet people and where you can spend a pleasant afternoon chatting. The park offers recreational facilities for neighborhood residents but also attracts people from around the region and even has international allure thanks to its special programming and design and due to its link to Schiphol. Park21 consists of various worlds that overlap each other in an unusual fashion and are linked to each other so that they form a diverse, multi-faceted, exciting whole.

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