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