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Floating Gardens, Amsterdam

Layered landscape for Sloterdijk green axis

Sloterdijk Center forms the heart of the large-scale area development Havenstad. It is currently a stony island in the middle of one of Amsterdam’s green city wedges. The area around the station is rapidly transforming from an office district into a mixed residential and working area. High ecological ambitions are being set to create a landscape network through Sloterdijk, connecting both sides of the green wedge, that extends into the city from the periphery.

Floating Gardens is an integral development in Sloterdijk, with a school in the plinth and about 190 apartments above it. The complex gives extensive substance to the green ambitions by means of various park and garden rooms, both around, on and throughout the building. The school grounds will become a garden room in the park with natural playing facilities.

A Patio garden on the 2nd floor offers a shady and enclosed space. Hanging planting on the balconies and marsh vegetation in planters provide a vulnerable but very sheltered environment. For residents, this garden provides a quiet place.

The Roof Garden on the 5th floor will be an intensively managed neighborhood garden. A sunny spot with low trunk fruit trees, flowering lawns and planters for growing herbs and vegetables. Spacious terraces with views over the city connect to the collective living room in the building.

The Tower Garden on the 8th floor has a rougher climate. At this height the strong wind demands robust planting. Dune planting with sturdy grasses and shrubs on dry and stony ground provides an additional environment to the underlying gardens and green areas.

Year

2018 - 2021

Location

Amsterdam Sloterdijk

Type

Landscape, Public Space

Client

Synchroon developers

Size

2.25 ha

Awards

A+ Awards 2021 - Winner

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Thijs van der Zouwen
Ramona Stiehl
Zamira Abazi
Klaudio Ruci
Robert-Jan van der Linden
Orange Architects
Bureau Rowin Petersma
IMD adviseurs
SmitsRinsma
BK Ingenieurs
Merosch

List
  1. Eemsdelta Campus
  2. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  3. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  4. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet, Utrecht
  5. Healthy Tracks
  6. Towards a healthy city by foot
  7. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  8. The Unbound Amsterdam
  9. Seaside Gardens, Gufunes
  10. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  11. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  12. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  13. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  14. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  15. Jonas Amsterdam
  16. A green entrance for the airport
  17. Public Space Alpen
  18. Cartesius Quarter
  19. Isle of Dikes
  20. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  21. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  22. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  23. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  24. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  25. City Square Tyumen
  26. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  27. Strategic Urban Green Study
  28. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  29. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  30. ImageWharf
  31. Ódinstorg Square
  32. Overloon War Museum
  33. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  34. Ludlstrasse Munich
  35. Yaanila Country Park
  36. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  37. Villa Garden
  38. City life in the woods
  39. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  40. Socio-technical city of the future
  41. Buji River
  42. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  43. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  44. Maritime Campus Almere
  45. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  46. Sijthoff
  47. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  48. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  49. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  50. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  51. Fish Market Leuven
  52. Zinder Culture Cluster
  53. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  54. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  55. Strategic Plan Fier
  56. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  57. Kronenburg Business Park
  58. Dharavi Mumbai
  59. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  60. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  61. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  62. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  63. Berlin Am Volkspark
  64. The Museum of the 20th Century
  65. Gardabaer
  66. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  67. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  68. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  69. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  70. Danxia Recreational Park
  71. Campus Lelystad
  72. Proto Tamansari
  73. City Gardens Tyumen
  74. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  75. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  76. Bandar Lampung Park
  77. R&D Campus Fengxian
  78. S-West Eindhoven
  79. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  80. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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