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.
+ Herman Hertzberger
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