Waco created unique precast concrete elements
For the municipality of Maassluis, Waco has made unique precast concrete elements. Together, these elements form the prow of a ship.
Each element is a unique piece of concrete with a different shape. Waco had to make individual moulds for each element. When the concrete elements had been made, they were ready for transportation. With a huge crane, each element was lifted into the ship and transported to its destination by water.
The bow symbolises Maassluis’s rich maritime history. Many references to that past can be found in ‘Het Balkon’ district where the viewpoint is located. The bow, a work of art designed by artist Henriëtte Faas and designer Christian Messing, offers a stunning view of the waterway. It is a metaphor for ‘breaching the bank’.
At the beginning of December, the first bow section is festively opened. The bow offers a wonderful view over the river Het Scheur and serves as a meeting place for the inhabitants of Maassluis. As tradition dictates, a bottle of champagne was smashed against the bow.
- Client: Municipality of Maassluis
- Contractor: gebr. Schouls B.V
- Location: Maassluis, The Netherlands
• Double curved retaining walls.
• Bow element.
• Slope stairs with bicycle gutter.
• Anti-graffiti coating on all elements.