While Kinderdijk is perhaps the most authentic Dutch village you will ever come across, the locality also reveals the ingenious side of the Netherlands based on technological prowess and innovation. One of the country’s best-known tourist sites and home to an impressive series of operational water works, Kinderdijk is constantly evolving. The Kinderdijk World Heritage Foundation reached out to Streetlife in search of a Dutch contribution to the development of a new entrance area.
Ever since the Middle Ages, a system of water works has been used in the Alblasserwaard polder, east of Rotterdam, to transform the fertile peat bogs into farmland and protect villages from flooding. Although various dykes and locks initially controlled the water, the first polder mills appeared in Kinderdijk as early as the 15th century. Of the 19 preserved windmills, most date back to the period 1738-1740. The water works in the area are still necessary and in use today. All the mills have been restored and ready to be employed in times of distress.
Kinderdijk has the largest concentration of windmills in the world and since 1997 has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. To facilitate the ever-increasing stream of tourists, a new entrance area was required with an appealing visitors centre and improved infrastructure. Streetlife has played its part in the development by adding many of its customised benches.
At the special request of the Kinderdijk World Heritage Foundation, Rough&Ready (R&R) 6 Benches with stainless steel supports have been equipped with the area’s iconic windmill logo. Possessing a robust appearance, the solid hardwood beams are designed to last for generations and blend perfectly with the surroundings. In harmony with Kinderdijk’s aesthetic appeal, the substantial beam size of the R&R range is reminiscent of the traditional wooden construction of the windmills.