Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

by , 01/07/13

Rotterdam Central Library, Ana Lisa Alperovich, Rotterdam, Dutch design, beehive, green roof, Jacob Bered Bakema, NAI (Netherlands Architecture Institute), books, DVDs, CDs, library, stepped building, natural light, Architecture, Daylighting, green technology, Animals,

The Rotterdam Central Library launched in 1983 as an “open, inviting, centrally located building that is accessible to everyone.”  Its main feature is its striking array of yellow-painted round pipes, which are reminiscent of the Pompidou Centre. Its stepped façade faces the city center, bringing plenty of natural light in while providing lots of area for enjoying greenery and fresh air outside.

Located in one of these steps is the newly opened green roof which overlooks the lively outdoors market and provides tables for enjoying tea or coffee. This green area was subsidized by a municipality initiative that aims to make this great Dutch city “climate-proof”. In addition to the green roof, a beehive was placed to celebrate “2012, The Year Of The Bee” and teach visitors how the cute pollinating insects depend on us and how we depend on them.

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