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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
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  3. Eemsdelta Campus
  4. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  5. Railroad Zone Amsterdam
  6. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  7. Rijnvliet, Edible Neighborhood
  8. Healthy Tracks
  9. Towards a healthy city by foot
  10. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  11. The Unbound Amsterdam
  12. Seaside Gardens, Gufunes
  13. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  14. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  15. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  16. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  17. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  18. Jonas Amsterdam
  19. A green entrance for the airport
  20. Public Space Alpen
  21. Cartesius Quarter
  22. Isle of Dikes
  23. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  24. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  25. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  26. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  27. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  28. City Square Tyumen
  29. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  30. Strategic Urban Green Study
  31. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  32. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  33. ImageWharf
  34. Ódinstorg Square
  35. Overloon War Museum
  36. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  37. Ludlstrasse Munich
  38. Yaanila Country Park
  39. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  40. Villa Garden
  41. City life in the woods
  42. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  43. Socio-technical city of the future
  44. Buji River
  45. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  46. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  47. Maritime Campus Almere
  48. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  49. Sijthoff
  50. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  51. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  52. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  53. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  54. Fish Market Leuven
  55. Zinder Culture Cluster
  56. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  57. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  58. Strategic Plan Fier
  59. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  60. Kronenburg Business Park
  61. Dharavi Mumbai
  62. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  63. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  64. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  65. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  66. Berlin Am Volkspark
  67. The Museum of the 20th Century
  68. Gardabaer
  69. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  70. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  71. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  72. 5YN3RGY
  73. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  74. Danxia Recreational Park
  75. Campus Lelystad
  76. Proto Tamansari
  77. City Gardens Tyumen
  78. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  79. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  80. Bandar Lampung Park
  81. R&D Campus Fengxian
  82. S-West Eindhoven
  83. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  84. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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