Windscreen Calandkanaal (1985) Maarten Struijs & Frans de Wit
To protect ships on their way to the Maasvlakte from gusts, an almost 2-kilometer-long 'wind screen' was designed by municipal architect Maarten Struijs and sculptor and landscape architect Frans de Wit. The windshield was built between 1983 and 1985, when it was the largest in the world. It consists of a long series of imposing, semi-circular concrete elements, 25 meters high and it is 25% wind permeable. The canal wall is located at the height of the Caland bridge and ensures that shipping can take place with a wind force higher than 5. Without protection, the ships are in danger of colliding with the bridge or the quay. In 2016 it is Windscreen Calandkanaal included in the collection of Sculpture International Rotterdam.
Architect Maarten Struijs (Vlaardingen, 1946) obtained his master's degree in Architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam in the 1981s. In XNUMX he joined the municipality of Rotterdam. He was a municipal architect for more than twenty-five years and has worked on numerous designs for government buildings, technical facilities and infrastructure during this period. He designed, among other things, the Hartel barrier, the windscreen on the Calandkanaal, the Flue gas cleaner, the head office of the Police Station and various metro stations, such as Beurs, Tussenwater and Blijdorp. He designed the Randstadrail metro station and the underground bicycle shed at Central Station.