Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

by , 11/09/14

Ana Lisa Alperovich, Herman Hertzberger, Waternet, green roof, recycled water, Amsterdam, the netherlands, stilts, double tower, bridge, social space, open workplaces, natural light, Architecture, Daylighting, Water Issues

Waternet‘s defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project’s lower rooms, providing insulation, a verdant entryway for people, and a great environment for insects and wild flowers.

Built on stilts, the Waternet Head Office is surrounding by water, which is recycled for the building’s own use and for the whole of Amsterdam. In addition to purifying water, the company ensures that water levels remain stable in rivers and channels and it takes measures to prevent floods. Inside, the flexible open workplaces provide social spaces to debate the best possible future for Amsterdam’s people and water resources.

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Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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1 Comment

  1. Ron Sigtermans November 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Sensational title, unfortunately misleading or maybe an outright lie. Does the green-roofed building actually purify and deliver the drinking water? or is this process managed from within the building (employees)? I found no information in your article that proves that the function of the building is to purify (drinking) water for the entire city. I do believe it is a well designed building designed to motivate the people inside to achieve their objectives. In a world that needs real convincing to accept alternative, ecologically sound ideas and technical applications, the truth is needed to prove these claims or not senstaionalist and misleading claims. Keep it real(istic) folks!

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