Simple, linear volumes with distinct identities
The building consists of two linear volumes and adapts itself to the terrain of its natural surroundings. The ground floor walls are of lightly gleaming basalt-shaped stone, in reference to the Afsluitdijk’s honeycomb-patterned outer layer. This accentuates the building’s compact appearance and invulnerable air, the latter echoing the invulnerability of the dam itself, whose quiet strength keeps peril at bay. A floor-to-ceiling glass facade offers generous views of the Kornwerderzand settlement beyond. The first floor sits perpendicular to the dam, in contrast to the ground floor, which runs parallel to it. This floor consists of a floating glass box that cuts through the solid mass of the ground floor, symbolising the way the dam cuts through the sea.