Photo: ABN Amro office in Circl, Amsterdam
Architecture in Amsterdam
"Throughout the year Amsterdam is one of Europe's foremost architecture and design city, not only because of 17-th century rings of canals. Amsterdam is where modern architecture developed organically between facades of historical buildings. Since it is not a very big city, all sites of interest are within acceptable distance, this is why Amsterdam is so popular with lovers of architecture" Amsterdam.info.
Six meters below sealevel, the city known for its aesthetically pleasing brick residences built by wealthy merchants from the 17th century are vulnerable to increasing sealevels caused by climatechange. The Netherlands is taking serious measures against climatechange caused by humans and is the world leader of circular economy in architecture today. Recycled materials in Breeam ceritified buildings are found in largescale areas.
- Read about how buildings can contribute towards meeting 9 of UN 17 Sustainable goals according World Green Building Council
The world famous brick buildings of Amsterdam have lasted for hundreds of years surrounding the canals and giving the city a welcoming atmosphere.
Circular Economy and buildings as materialbanks
Circl is a green area in Amsterdam Center surrounded by Breeam Excellent buildings focusing on circular economy. ABN Ambro main office building has solely reused or recycled materials. Rainwater is used in the wc. The café has vertical plant walls outside and serve excellent organic food inside or on the rooftop.
Cradle-to-cradle office space
Park2020 in Haarlemmermeer businesspark in Hoopddorp near Schiphol airport it the world's first full service Cradle-to-cradle working environment.
The businesspark combines sustainable design and an optimal ecologial approach with a ground-breaking view on doing business in an innovative way. Human well-being, now and in the future, is the central element. This focus results in an inspiring, healthy and productive work environment. High-quality services and economic growth are the positive results.
Cradle-to-cradle reflects an "intelligent", sustainable and innovatively smart notion aimed at producing, designing and bulding as beneficially as possible without ignoring the economic factors. The cradle-to-cradle concept is characterised by three principles derived from nature:
- Waste = food; everything is a resource for something else
- Use renewable energy
- Celebrate diversity
Cradle-to-cradle thinking implies continously looking for new opportunities to improve quality, increase value and spur innovation. It extends design consideration to all of the cycles of life that run through our buildings and communities. It inspires to constantly seek improvement in the designs, and to share the discoveries with others.
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Designing and building in Park 2020 are tailored to the biological or technical cycle; there is no waste of energy, water or materials. Materials are "leased", not used. The applied materials have been proven to be harmless to the enviroment and safe to humans.
The buildings can easily be redesigned into other types of buildings in example residentials. The rooms and walls are flexible and all materials are documented for environmental qualities, re-design, re-use or recycling in the future
"Park2020 was founded by inspiring visionaries; Delta Development Group, VolkerWessels and Reggenborgh Group. Ech with their won epertise and ideas share the passion for the business and the world. They belive in a way of working in which change is driven by a new and sustainable way of doing business. Only in this way will the world continue to be a beautiful place, also for future generations". William McDonough+Partners
Lifecycle impact of buildingmaterials
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The outdoor area designed for urban farming is caring for biodiversity with plants, water, birds and insects. A greenhouse and arable produces vegetables to the café or for the employees to bring home. ParkCafè GROEN almost all ingredienses are provided by their own garden or procured from their immidiate vicinity and are mostly organic.
Eco-cafes and hotels
Finding eco-friendly services and products is easy in Amsterdam. The businesses proudly promote their eco-friendly aspects.
De Ceuvel in Amsterdam Noord is a recycled shipyard on polluted ground were old houseboats are saved and used as offices. Outdoors they are producing vegetables on floating beds in the canal. The café is a very popular meeting spot for the citizens of Amsterdam, serving only organic food and drinks. The Noord area in Amsterdam has become popular after redesign like this recycled café by the canal. You can easily get there by taking a free ferry by the Central Station and bike 5 minutes.
Buitenplaatsplantage is a café serving only organic food. It is located close to beautiful and less crowded Haarlem 15 minutes drive from Amsterdam and built solely by recycled materials. The landscape and biodiversity melt together with their playful outdoor area.
We stayed at the Green Key Gold Hotel La Boheme well located and close to Vondelpark were a bike rental is around the corner. The small hotel is popular and make sure to reserve a room upfront.
The welcoming atmosphere of the architecture and people in Amsterdam is well worth a visit.
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