Commissioned by the maritime contractor Van Oord and in collaboration with Alterra, HKV, Netics and Podium, Strootman Landschapsarchitecten has drawn up a landscape design that came second in the competition organised by the Society for the Preservation of Monuments in the Netherlands. The landscape design is based on the needs of breeding and migrant birds, the catchment of sludge, and visitors’ enjoyment of the area. We introduce a cleaning up operation with a dual purpose: the creation of a paradise for birds, and the creation of an interesting environment for visitors. The aim is to achieve maximum dynamism and variation for birds and people. The interaction between the elements earth, water and wind, and the related natural processes form its basis. This yields a contrast between the north, south, east and west side of the Avian Paradise.