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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,Design,Gallery,Green Roof,Vertical Garden | No Comments

VenhoevenCS Architects, SportPlaza Mercator, Amsterdam, vertical gardens, fortress, green roof, living wall, greenery, urban design, sustainable design, eco-design, sports complex, The Netherlands, daylighting, Skylights,

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 [1] completely wrapped in low maintenance plants and topped with a green roof [2] that also has a cave-like ambience inside.

Skylights ensure that natural light [3] 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 [4]

Via Dezeen [5]

Images by Luuk Kramer [6]

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URLs in this post:

[1] fortress-like building: http://inhabitat.com/dutch-fortress-becomes-the-swirling-puur-pavilion-in-a-unesco-heritage-renovation/

[2] green roof: http://inhabitat.com/norway-green-roof-homes/

[3] Skylights ensure that natural light: http://inhabitat.com/tag/skylights/

[4] + Venhoeven CS: http://venhoevencs.nl

[5] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/03/13/sportplaza-mercator-by-venhoevencs/

[6] Luuk Kramer: http://www.luukkramer.nl/

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