The Noordhollands Kanaal, a canal from Amsterdam to Den Helder, was built in 1824 by connecting different smaller waters. This construction caused a tremendous economic boost to the region. King William I was primarily responsible for the building of the canal and entered history as the king of canals.

Despite the prominent situation, the Noordhollandse Kanaal has an anonymous position in Noord Holland. OTO proposes to widen the canal with a new and distinctive profile. In this way, it will manifest itself as a great line from Amsterdam to Den Helder. The wider channel is surrounded by five rows of poplar trees, it provides space to 30,000 houses and offers direct boat connections in the landscape of Noord Holland. Furthermore, the widening of the canal creates additional water storage and greater flexibility of the water system. In this way, the canal can function as a magnet for different programs. Groot Noordhollands Kanaal offers a great new landscape in which the heroism of the original building can be experienced and more importantly, it solves several urgent landscape challenges.

  • Year
  • Location
    Provincie Noord Holland
  • Client
    Provincie Noord Holland
  • Status
    Finalist Dromen over Noord Holland
  • Type
    New nature, Urban design & transformation, Water