About This Project

In 2014 the city of Haarlem organised a competition for the design a new bridge keeper’s house. Out of more than 80 entries, five design teams were chosen. Studio Carmela Bogman and Dieter Blok were one of the design teams and made ‘The bridge keeper and the Waterlily’.


The design is a new tower that adds to the view of the city. An eye-catching structure the welcomes the visitors and gives the bridge keeper a good view on the river Spaarne.


The eye catcher of the structure is the abstract waterlily situated at the top floor. The waterlily is a remarkable plant that only grows in calm and very clean water. It is a symbol for the transition that the river went through from an industrial route to a quiet and meandering river. De waterlily is designed as a precious jewel, that makes the visitor look up and have a glance at the richly decorated towers and facades of Haarlem.


At night time the waterlily spreads a soft glow. Making it a subtle landmark in the centre of town.



Dieter Blok