Sneaky Water Reservoir in Swiss Urban Park is Disguised by Green Grass

by , 07/07/11

green roof, green building, basel, Berrel Berrel Krautler, eco-design, sustainable design, green design, switzerland, water reservoir, urban park, renovation, infrastructure

This necessary water works renovation challenges the notion that infrastructure has to be ugly. Recognizing the importance of the urban park to Basel citizens, the city ensured that the reservoir would not interfere with the site’s existing aesthetic.

Instead, they sought to enhance the space by creating new terraces on the building’s roof, and turf-covered steps that children can play on. This is a simple project that demonstrates how easy it is to achieve harmony between the built and natural environment.

+ Berrel Berrel Kräutler

Via Arch Daily

images via Eik Frenzel

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  1. den-ver July 23, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Denver has one, just north of Congress Park, that is covered by soccer fields.

  2. MICHAEL DEAN MILLER July 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm


    What a wonderful idea! I’ll bet, in keeping with the Alpine genius Switzerland is known for, this resevoir can be drained and easily converted into an underground field hospital for use in a national defense emergency.

    Carry On!


  3. caeman July 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Beyond the looks, I like how this idea maintains play space above it, wow using what would be wasted underground space.

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