Underground parking garage awarded Best Dutch Building of the Year 2016 – Royal HaskoningDHV

May 26, 2016



Underground parking garage awarded Best Dutch Building of the Year 2016 – Royal HaskoningDHV


Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 26 May 2016 – The underground parking garage in Katwijk aan Zee has been awarded the Best Dutch Building of the Year 2016 by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA). The integrated design by Royal HaskoningDHV was selected from 125 submissions. In addition, it has also received the People’s Choice Award.


Commissioned by the Municipality of Katwijk, a team of architects, engineers and contract specialists from Royal HaskoningDHV managed the architectural design, specialist advice and contract of this parking garage. “The underground parking is ground breaking not only because it is an exceptional building, but it also illustrates how the Netherlands have to be innovative in its approach when it comes to protecting our coastline for the future,” according to Hanneke Groenteman, Chairman of the Jury.

Innovative design
Royal HaskoningDHV architect Richard van den Brule said, “The underground parking is carefully embedded into its natural dune environment so as to respect its surrounding landscape. We are very proud that the understated elegance of this building has been recognised and won the BNA Best Dutch Building of the Year 2016.”

The parking garage is part of Kustwerk Katwijk, a project which seeks to protect the coastline of Katwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. The team took an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to this project, taking into considerations the need for defensive coastal protection, functional parking requirements as well as the desire for a landscape design which is in keeping with its coastal environment.

Landscape integration
The jury finds the parking garage to be an “exceptionally beautiful object”, which links the town to the sea seamlessly through its integration with the natural environment.

The meticulous detail of the design is reflected in the robust construction, both above and below ground. The detailed aspects such as lighting, curvature and landscape were complemented by a flawless execution.

The jury recognises that this project is a stellar example of what the creative collaboration between engineering and architecture can bring as it harnesses the strengths of the design and engineering prowess to provide an innovative and sustainable solution, conveying its unique sense of place.

Spanning over 500 metres, the garage was opened in February 2015 with a capacity to accommodate 663 cars.

Parties involved
Parking garage: architecture, consulting, contract & contract supervision: Royal HaskoningDHV
Landscape architect: OKRA Landschapsarchitecten
Contract management: WB de Ruimte
Dyke consultant: Arcadis
Contractor: Bouwcombinatie Ballast Nedam/Rohde Nielsen
Design engineer: Adviesburo Snijders
Installation consultant, building structure: De Bosman Bedrijven
Lift installation: Liften- en Machinefabriek Lakeman
Facade cladding: Metadecor
Detailing: Ballast Nedam Engineering with Zwarts & Jansma Architects

Safe and beautiful Katwijk coast
The underground parking garage is part of the Kustwerk Katwijk project. The project is a joint collaboration of the Municipality of Katwijk, the Rijnland Water Authority, the Province of South Holland and Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch Ministry of Waterways and Public Works) along with those directly involved in creating a safe and beautiful Katwijk coast with good parking facilities.

About the BNA’s Best Building of the Year
BNA’s Best Building of the Year is the Dutch architectural prize awarded annually by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA). Alongside architectural quality, the award also takes into consideration the use and amenity value, the added societal value and the quality of the collaboration.

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Click here to download photos of the award-winning underground parking garage.
© photos parking garage: Luuk Kramer
© photo winning team: BNA

For more information:
Suzette Schreuder, Press Officer Royal HaskoningDHV, +31 88 3482026 / +31 6 29098238

Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent international engineering and project management consultancy. Our 6,500 professionals are guided by a common principle – to enhance society together. Since 1881 we have been working with public and private clients on projects that have improved living conditions for many people. We deliver future-proof solutions while at the same time addressing the challenges societies across the world are facing in respect of cities, water, transport and industry.
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