Restoration Borobodur, Indonesia - 1969
In 1969, the vast Buddhist temple at Borobodur in Indonesia was on the verge of collapse. We already had a reputation for our work on ancient monuments in countries including Malta, Egypt and Pakistan and were asked to undertake the project to secure its long-term future. Lasting for 14 years altogether, the work involved brick-by-brick restoration and cleaning. The temple dates back to the 8th century and is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. Today, it is a destination for Buddhist pilgrimage, attracts millions of tourists every year, and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have since become involved in many activities to preserve heritage for future generations to enjoy. Our innovations for museums and art galleries, including state-of-the-art climate technology, are helping to protect world famous paintings and artefacts.
Palm House, Kew Gardens, United Kingdom – 1974
The Palm House at Kew in London is the world’s most important surviving iron and glass structure from the 19th century. In 1984, we were asked to carry out a major renovation which saw the glasshouse emptied for the first time in its history. Over the next four years, the building was completely dismantled, restored and rebuilt. Now future generations can enjoy this beautiful building and its tropical plants from across the world. Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge and uses the rich diversity of its collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone. At a time when the biodiversity of our planet is under threat, the work at Kew is increasingly important for the future.
Underground car park, the Netherlands
Katwijk in the Netherlands is a popular beach resort unspoilt by large hotels and apartment blocks. However its popularity created a problem familiar to residents of many seaside towns: parking. Visiting cars filled up town car parks and lined the seafront blocking views to the sea. That problem has been solved with a highly original solution. An artificial sand dune covered in seagrass conceals a 600-space car park. We designed the car park in the dune, which forms part of newly-upgraded coastal sea defences. The end result means the natural beauty of the dunes and beach are maintained, residents can go shopping without worrying about parking and the whole town benefits from the economic boost that more tourists bring. It is by providing innovative integrated solutions that we are enhancing people’s lives in the communities in which we work.
Red Apple, the Netherlands
The dramatic Red Apple building linking Rotterdam’s city centre with the River Maas is part of an urban renewal scheme which brings together shops, apartments and offices in a single development. Nominated for no less than seven awards, its name reflects the red façade and the location’s historic connection with apple export. It is among a number of iconic building projects we have been involved with in Rotterdam, including the rejuvenation of the low-rise Karel Doorman shopping mall, the imposing De Rotterdam building, and the Markthal, which all provide a mixture of uses. These integrated developments create a vibrant and attractive city environment for people to live, work and visit.
Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark
A vital feature of the new extension at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen is the ability to adapt in line with changes in technology and demand. Future-proofing is integral to our approach to all hospital buildings to ensure their long-term sustainability. The extension at Hvidovre, which will house new emergency and paediatric wards as well as obstetrics and cardiology departments, is designed as four interlocking cubes. Each has green outdoor spaces and its own decentralised heating and cooling system to benefit patients and staff. To maximise natural light in the building, the cubes also have their own atrium with a glass frontage designed to conserve energy. When it opens in 2020, the building will speed patient recovery while providing a flexible, stimulating environment for staff.
Integrated master plan for sustainable development Musandam, Oman
The remote Musandam peninsula, an exclave of the Sultanate of Oman, was studied by RHDHV as part of a countrywide program on economic diversification. As an outcome of the Musandam Economic Strategy and Master Plan 2040 we found that future economic prosperity in this region will mainly depend on the added value coming from small- and medium enterprises in promising sectors such as eco-tourism, artisanal fisheries and trade, provided that government spending will continue in sectors such as infrastructure, water management, health care and education. Changes in society and the ongoing modernisation cause an enormous claim on scarce land, requiring a more sophisticated form of land-use planning. Our integrated strategy and master plan brings together a range of disciplines to develop more resilient local plans with flexibility to cope with change. The Musandam Strategy 2040 is pushing economic growth while preserving the unspoilt beauty of the region. It also provides a model approach for future strategies in other governorates of Oman and elsewhere in the world.