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OMGEVING: 臭名昭著的“伊普尔阵地突出部”的遗址（The Bluff）是一战时期遗留下来的战时景观，场地上到处都是被疯狂挖掘出的地下通道和竖井、地雷爆炸坑以及被破坏的土地。在当地文旅项目“纪念公园14-18”的开展背景下，设计师对该遗址进行了一系列改造设计，向游客们再现战争时期的景观。
OMGEVING: The Bluff in the notorious ‘Ypres Salient’ is a unique wartime landscape that survives from the First World War. The site was the scene of widespread feverish digging of underground passages and shafts, mine explosions, sabotage and attempts at eavesdropping. In the context of the cultural tourism project, ‘Remembrance Park 14-18’, subtle measures in and around the site have been taken to improve access for visitors and so that visitors can see what the unique landscape framework in which the fighting took place looked like.
The works in this unique landscape have been executed subtly and without disturbing the underground. From the car park, visitors are led to the war zone. The visit starts at a covered information pavilion with an information film. Between the mine and bomb craters, which are now often under water, a long decked pathway provides for a rare experience.
▼信息展馆 The covered information pavilion
The path leads visitors to The Bluff, where the English positions were 10 metres higher than and just 40 metres from the lower-lying German line. At the highest point, there is a lookout with extensive views over No Man’s Land, the neutral zone between the front lines. The historical canal lock, some 700 metres from The Bluff, was given the name, Gordon Post, during the war and was used by the British as battalion headquarters and first-aid post. Here, a floating bridge across the water gives a unique view into the lock, now overgrown with ferns. The bridge links the recreational trails.
The Bluff has remained intact since the end of the World War I. You can still see slight differences in levels, the result of bomb blasts. Many underground passages still exist, which regularly cause the ground to collapse. And buried in the ground are bombs, munitions and soldiers, who met their end fighting here. Nature has slowly, over the space of 100 years, spontaneously taken over this spot.
What is unusual about the interventions is the staging, which provides ample opportunity for walking. The removal in certain places of trees that had sprung up naturally has allowed the image of the raw, bleak wartime landscape to be recaptured, while other areas have deliberately not been opened up. The former lines are indicated by steel strips in the ground and differences in level are emphasised by steps. The materials used (wood and steel) are a reference back to the war.
▼瞭望台可看到广阔的无人区 A lookout with extensive views
▼信息展馆模型 The information pavilion model
设计师: Koen Moelants, Tompy Hoedelmans, Peter Seynaeve, Luc Wallays, Kevin Favere, Sofie Vandervliet
面积: 20.000 m²
摄影: Yanninck Milpas
Landscape Architecture: OMGEVING
Designers: Koen Moelants, Tompy Hoedelmans, Peter Seynaeve, Luc Wallays, Kevin Favere, Sofie Vandervliet
City: Ypres, Belgium
Client: Province of West Flanders
Year of design: 2013
Completion date: 2015
Area: 20.000 m²
Photos: Yannick milpas
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