This initiative mitigates the fracture caused to the urban fabric of Koog aan de Zaan, one of seven historic centres in the Dutch city of Zaanstad. In the 1970s, an overhead motorway was built here, splitting the township’s very heart in two. Under the project, agreed between the local government and citizens, a huge range of amenities both public and private are installed in this area (supermarket, florist, fishmonger, car park, sports facilities, leisure areas, etc). The intervention provides a quick solution to re-establishing the connection between the two parts of the divided township whilst also regenerating a space that had become dead, literally and symbolically in the shadow of the flyover. By programming this border with a skate zone, small harbour, plaza, graffiti zone, supermarket and parking, the connection is re-established. The project was awarded with the first prize of the 4th European Prize for Urban Public Space.