Gates of Light

Gates of Light

Icoon Afsluitdijk

ICOON AFSLUITDIJK is a design innovation program, commissioned by the Dutch Government, which enhances the innovative character of the legendary 32 kilometer Dutch dike whilst highlighting its key functions: water protection & heritage, energy and mobility as an exemplary model of a smart landscape for today and tomorrow.

Gates of Light

The new futuristic entrance of the Afsluitdijk is GATES OF LIGHT which brings the 60 monumental floodgates of 1932 back to their glory. Every day 20.000 cars pass by. The structures, which were originally designed by Dirk Roosenburg, the grandfather of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, have been fully restored and augmented with a retro-reflective layer. In the dark, the architecture of these structures is illuminated by the headlamps of passing cars, reflecting the light through small prisms. If there are no cars on the road, the structures are not illuminated. This way of using light requires zero energy and does not contribute to light pollution.

The Afsluitdijk is the 32 kilometer long dike which protects the Netherlands against water and flooding. Built mostly by hand and realized in 1932 it is an engineering highlight of the Netherlands and a unique place in the world. After 85 years, the Afsluitdijk is now in need of a thorough renovation. The Dutch state with the surrounding municipalities and provinces have joined forces to lead an ambitious programme to protect the future of the dike. As part of the programme, Roosegaarde's ICOON AFSLUITDIJK enhances the iconic status of the Afsluitdijk with a layer of light and interaction. The three designs developed by Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers entitled GATES OF LIGHT, WINDVOGEL and GLOWING NATURE form a model of a green landscape.

ICOON AFSLUITDIJK is the 32 kilometer layer of light and interaction which enhances the Afsluitdijk.
ICOON AFSLUITDIJK is the 32 kilometer layer of light and interaction which enhances the Afsluitdijk.

Specifications:

2017, Permanent. 60 renovated floodgates with reflective layers of micro prisms and concrete on both sides of the Afsluitdijk. Experience GATES OF LIGHT every night from your own car. Location 53° 0′ NB, 5° 10′ OL, Afsluitdijk the Netherlands

Made in collaboration with Daan Roosegaarde and his Studio Roosegaarde, Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterstate, Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk, Province of Friesland, and Province of North Holland. Development Partners: KitePower, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), TTB, Eurocarbon, Versalume.

Clients:

Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterstate, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk.

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Gates of Light
Gates of Light
Watch the Gates of Light movie on Gizmodo narrated by Daan Roosegaarde: "A gateway to the new world”.
"Let's Be Curious. Design Must Be Inspired by Nature"
"Let's Be Curious. Design Must Be Inspired by Nature"
Fresh from Fortune Magazine: "Lets be curious! Design must be inspired by nature.” Daan speaks along with design shapers like Paola Antonelli and Alice Rawsthorn in Singapore. Read the full Fortune Magazine interview.
Icoon Afsluitdijk great success
Icoon Afsluitdijk great success
Thousands of visitors admired the exhibition of Glowing Nature and Windvogel as part of Icoon Afsluitdijk. Gates of Light is a permanent installation and remains open to all every night. Read more at FastCompany, Dezeen and Wallpaper*.