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Pumping Station Leenders

The new Leenders pumping station is being built on Zomerdijk in Wanneperveen. The pumping station will drain the excess water, making the surrounding buildings less vulnerable to flooding. The choice is often made to integrate a pumping station invisibly into the landscape. The philosophy chosen for the Leenders pumping station is to create a monument in the landscape. The industrial function of the pumping station is made visible in the design. This is reflected in the semi-transparent facades in which round openings have been made in the inner shell. After sunset, colored light will shine out of the pumping station. Two different light colors will indicate whether the pumping station is currently in operation or not. 

The industrial character of the pumping station is also reflected in the masonry ribs, the chimneys and the zinc roofing. The local fauna has also been taken into account. For example, the fish can swim past the pumping station via a separate pipe and nest boxes are hung for birds. In addition, as many materials as possible with low CO2 emissions are used. The Leenders pumping station is expected to be put into operation at the end of 2022.

architect: Arnoud Olie / client: Waterschap Drents Overijsselse Delta / completion: 2022

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