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Monument Afsluitdijk / Monument ( W.M. Dudok )
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MONUMENT
W.M. DUDOK, -1933
Afsluitdijk 1, Afsluitdijk

ARCHITECT(URAL OFFICE):
Willem Marinus Dudok

ARTIST:
Hildo Krop

BUILDING TYPE:
Monumental art

PUBLICATIONS:
Bouwkundig Weekblad 1933 p. 415

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Discharge Sluices Den Oever
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Afsluitdijk

The construction of the Afsluitdijk signalled the start of drainage of the Zuiderzee, since known as IJsselmeer. The last section of dyke in place is marked by a monument designed by Dudok. A horizontal observation platform looks out over the conquered sea. Counterbalancing this is a half-concrete, half-glass tower with stairs leading up to a lookout post with a view of the dyke and the mud-flats. At each end of the dyke is a series of discharge sluices designed by the architect Roosenburg, consisting of concrete machine rooms in solemn ranks with steel sluice gates slung in-between.