The Masterplan for Iseldoks comprises the transformation of an old industrial site into a new urban district along the river Oude IJssel in Doetinchem in the Netherlands. In a period of ten to fifteen years a mix of 425 new dwellings, several offices, shops and urban facilities will be developed, all embedded in a new attractive public infrastructure. The Masterplan and the Urban Plan for Iseldoks II are exemplary for the integrated design for both the urban development and the water system. The omnipresence of water contributes to the quality of life in the new neighborhood, to its identity and to a sustainable water system.
The position of the site along the Oude IJssel is exploited to the maximum. A new canal triples the waterfront and brings the water deep into the area. On the new created island the buildings are situated in a lush green riverfront continuing the relaxed atmosphere along the Oude IJssel. The new canal on the other hand has a more urban character. Houses stand along the quay or directly in the water. A small harbor creates an central public space in the district. Intimate car free residential streets lead from the water to a tree lined lane.
The stormwater collection is integrated in the design for Iseldoks in such a way that it contributes to the experience of water by the inhabitants and it adds beauty and activities to the public space. The retention and discharge of the rainwater is made visible in public space by a system of raingardens, watersquares and open gutters that all lead to the canal. Here the rain is celebrated with rain pipes and gargoyles and gurgles into the canal. The dynamics of the river is made visible in public space. The quays along the canal and the riverbanks are lower than the ‘safe waterlevel’ and can flood from time to time. This floodable public spaces bring the people close to the water to use and enjoy.