The art in developing waterfront projects is to utilise the possibilities provided at a specific site to the benefit of the project, i.e., to integrate the possibilities provided by the marine environment with the demands of society. The art is to perceive the marine forces, such as waves and tides, as external opportunities to be used to maintain high quality artificial beaches and lagoons, contrary to the traditional approach of perceiving these external forces as problem generators, against which protection is required.
The main development theme in many coastal countries is to utilise the attractiveness of water in a broad context. The emphasis has shifted from coastal protection to the development of coastal communities, with coastal resorts along existing coastlines. Waterfront developments as such are considered to be artificial pieces of new nature.
Waterfront developments must be developed with a clear understanding and respect for the natural hydraulic and coastal processes which are decisive for the overall layout of the marine elements and how they can support each other.
A successful design of beach and lagoon elements in waterfront developments requires that the hydraulic, coastal and environmental aspects are included in the planning from the earliest planning stage. The design of these elements has to follow the “rules of nature”, which imposes certain restrictions on the design.
Working with nature is a concept we have employed successfully for years.