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Sportplaza Mercator Amsterdam

A short description of the NBS project

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 (‘De Baarsjes’), 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 Netherlands, Amsterdam West (the Netherlands)
Status Project delivered (2006)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale Object (building)
Urban density/ Soil consumption Medium
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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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
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
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
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Community • NGO’s / CSO’s / interest groups
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project -
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Public financing
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Business Model
Class Type Description
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
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Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversGeneration of evidence • Lesson learnt through implemented projects • Research on benefits -
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversTechnical inadequacy • Lack of ready-to-apply scientific results, concepts and technologies
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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