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Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof
Posted By Tafline Laylin On March 14, 2013 @ 5:25 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,green roof,Vertical Garden | No Comments
Located at the start of a historic 19th century city populated by people from 129 different countries, the municipality commissioned the SportPlaza Mercator in order to boost the community. VenhoevenCS responded with a fortress-like building  completely wrapped in low maintenance plants and topped with a green roof  that also has a cave-like ambience inside.
Skylights ensure that natural light  reaches all corners of the center, which offers a fitness center, an indoor and outdoor pool, a fast food restaurant and cafe, an events hall and a place for parents to leave their children while they get fit. Tinted windows overlooking the pools provide a sense of privacy while low windows frame the street view. Completely camouflaged from afar, this extraordinary complex completed in 2006 was recently nominated for a new Green Building Award.
+ Venhoeven CS 
Via Dezeen 
Images by Luuk Kramer 
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URLs in this post:
 VenhoevenCS Architects: http://venhoevencs.nl
 lush vertical gardens: http://inhabitat.com/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/
 fortress-like building: http://inhabitat.com/dutch-fortress-becomes-the-swirling-puur-pavilion-in-a-unesco-heritage-renovation/
 green roof: http://inhabitat.com/norway-green-roof-homes/
 Skylights ensure that natural light: http://inhabitat.com/tag/skylights/
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/03/13/sportplaza-mercator-by-venhoevencs/
 Luuk Kramer: http://www.luukkramer.nl/
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