Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
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
Netherlands, Amsterdam West (the Netherlands)
Project delivered (2006)
Description of the NBS
object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale
Urban density/ Soil consumption
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?