Prizewinning design for the temporary facade of Rotterdam’s central administrative office.
The Rotterdam Stadskantoor is a municipal building undergoing renovations in the Netherlands. 2012Architecten won a competition to beautify the in-progress building with a vertical garden mural that creeps up its boarded face. Hundreds of recycled plastic pots previously used in local horticulture projects are arranged in tree shapes that sprawl across the broken down bricks. These are then filled with a variety of seasonal plants.
In addition to recycling the materials necessary to decorate the facade, the designers installed a rainwater capture system with a series of holding tanks in the building’s attic.
A drip irrigation system funnels water from the attic tanks into the potted plants on the building’s exterior, so that waste is almost completely eliminated. Not only that, but the plants absorb carbon dioxide emissions – an estimated 13,000 kg of CO2 is diverted from the atmosphere each year.
Team: Marco Zaccara, Césare Peeren, Pedro Maicas
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