Lelystad Nature Park

Tempting visitors to go for a walk

Commissioned by Het Flevo-landschap, DST rearranged the visitor centre and the central area of Lelystad Nature Park. Main aim of the new arrangement was to encourage visitors to go for a walk. And to go and discover just a little bit more than on an earlier visit.

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“Play here like an animal”.

Discovering that each season is unique

In the past, the vast majority of visitors in Lelystad Nature Park only got to watch the otters. Or they made a short walk around the central pond. In the visitor centre, people discovered that much more is going on in the park. A video shows there are more animal species than they may have thought. In the Landscape Game, all animals and plants appear to be linked to one another. On the big map with stories, visitors learn that every season is different and unique.

Experiencing nature

Today, visitors also discover animals such as wisents, Przewalski’s horses and red deer at the far end of the park. In deciding the length of their walk, they can follow the signs in the park showing the estimated time to their destination. On the outer wall of the visitor centre they can print out a personalised route map for free. Yet there will always be visitors who really prefer to stay close to the visitor centre. They can enjoy the tranquillity of the Water Garden. Children can enjoy the Nature Playground: “Play like an animal”. And that means mimicking the nosedive of a hawk, building a nest from tree branches, or crawling through a foxhole. In other words: experiencing nature.

 

 

Flevo landscape

Archeoroute Schokland

Today, the former island of Schokland in the Northeast Polder is part of the mainland with forests and flat farmland. The remains of the colourful history of the area have all but disappeared. Then how do you teach that history to 10- to 13-year-old children? With hands-on resources. With stories about their peers. And a teaching package that has already introduced the subject at school.

 

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How do you teach about history? With stories about peers. 

 

Glimpses into the past

DST gave meaning to Archeoroute Schokland. Spread across this first Dutch UNESCO World Heritage listed site are nine educational spots of many meters high and wide. At each spot, visitors can read about the adventures of young inhabitants from earlier times. Archaeological treasures and landscape features are woven into the text and illustrations. Children can turn discs with illustrations, making the area appear in a historical period before the current Schokland landscape. The spots are real ‘glimpses’ into the past.

Widest possible range

Part of Archeoroute Schokland is a quest for individual visitors. For children to really learn the ins and outs, a school visit would be ideal. For that reason, we designed a teaching package for groups 6, 7 and 8 of primary schools. That way they learn about the successive landscapes and archaeological finds on the island.

The teaching package is the perfect preparation for a field trip to Schokland, but it can also be used in the classroom by itself. With a website, children may also give a talk, or work on an individual or class project on Schokland. In addition, the student also takes the educational tools home, to their families and may inspire them for a visit too. In that way, the resources will ensure the widest possible range of this project.

Cube Design Museum

Design Labs

On 23 October 2015, the Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade opened as part of the Museumplein Limburg. Next to the design museum are the Columbus Earth Theatre (an inverted planetarium with 360 degrees projection) and the renovated Continium Discovery Center. Under the name C-City, these developments should attract a combined 200,000 visitors annually.

What is design?

DST designed the Cube Design Labs for the Cube Design Museum. On the first floor, we developed a mindset exhibition (‘What is design?’). On the upper floors, visitors are taken through the design process using the themes of Ask, Imagine and Create. In the labs work design students-in-residence talk with visitors to bring about co-creation.

Design is a process

 

When mentioning the word ‘design’, most people think of design products. But in the Cube Design Labs is it all about the design process. ‘Design is a process’, is the summary of our vision.
 

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