Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database

Semi-intensive green roofs, Living wall systems

Sportplaza Mercator Amsterdam

A short description of the NSB

Sportplaza Mercator is a gym with a variety of facilities: a swimming pool, fitness, sauna, childcare and more. The walls and roof of the building are completely covered with vegetation. The building has a surface of 200sqm. 50 different plants live on the building. The vegetation consists of sedum, grass and perennial plants. A new system has been implemented to plant vegetation that is not soil-bound. The plants receive water and nutrition by means of a drainage-system. The building is surrounded by a park that is uninterrupted by the building, due to the vegetation. This was a wish of local residents. The building is exploited by a foundation (Sportfondsen) and the city council (Amsterdam West). Sportfondsen is the principal of the project. Architectural firm Copijn has designed and constructed the outside of the building and takes care of the maintenance of the vegetation. The building itself has been designed by another architectural firm (Verhoeven CS). Because the building is located in a multicultural neighbourhood (ïDe BaarsjesÍ), the aim is to offer facilities that attract all kinds of target groups. Another aim is to offer employment to unemployed local residents. Therefore, the building also has a social function.

NBS Implementation context
Location Amsterdam West (the Netherlands)
Status (from - to) Project delivered (2006)
NBS Scale Object (building)
NBS Impacts scale Object (building)
Urban density/ Soil consumption Medium
NBS Typology


NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Waste
Recycling
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Health
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
Other
NBS Stakeholders & Governance

The Sportplaza Mercator is exploited by a foundation (Sportfondsen) and the city council (Amsterdam West). It is designed and maintained by an architectural firm at the request of Sportfondsen. The building is surrounded by a park that is uninterrupted by the building, due to the vegetation. This was a wish of local residents.

Initial actors (Leaders) Community NGOÍs / CSOÍs / interest groups
Involved actors Governments Local government/municipality, Community NGOÍs / CSOÍs / interest groups CBOÍs / neighborhood communities Citizens, Market Private sector
Ecological scale Local scale green area
Governance model CLUSTER 5: Network Governance Collaborative governance
NBS Financial aspects

Global (estimated) cost of the project -
Financing mechanism CLUSTER 1: Public financing
NBS Business Models Archetype
Technological Substitute with renewables and natural processes
Social Adopt a stewardship role
Organisational Non applicable
NBS Success and limiting factors
Process enablers
Knowledge Generation of evidence Lesson learnt through implemented projects Research on benefits
Governance -
Economy -
Process inibitors
Knowledge Technical inadequacy Lack of ready-to-apply scientific results, concepts and technologies
Governance -
Economy Budget constraints
IM Keywords
  • Collaborative governance

  • Local scale green area

  • Public financing

  • Substitute with renewables and natural processes

  • Adopt a stewardship role

References
www.archdaily.com/341219/sportplaza-mercator-venhoevencs