Zoku (Metropoolgebouw – Metro Pool Building) Roof Garden
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5,382 sf Greenroof
Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: October 9, 2017
Mini Description & Details
Located on the Weesperstraat, one of Amsterdam’s main arteries, the Metro Pool Building stretches over seven levels and is a designated national Dutch monument which recently underwent renovations, including a spacious roof garden. In 2016 a new long stay hotel type emerged that embraces the new international live and work concept.
Zoku offers smart lofts with ingenious use of space and common areas of the hotel to work, connect, and facilitate 24/7. Zoku, Japanese for family, tribe, or clan, is a hybrid between a “home-away-from-home” and “office-away-from-the-office” for people who live and work in Amsterdam between five days and three months. A Green Key Gold certified hotel, the light and airy entrance is located at roof level where the roof as a garden and galvanized steel greenhouse are filled with edible greenery to greet visitors and residents.
Designed by Concrete Architectural Associates and De Dakdokters, Zoku’s two rooftop terraces are situated on both sides of the leafy greenhouse. Set within moss sedum greenroof areas are a variety of spacious hexagon-shaped seating, water, and planting bed features.
Veggies and herbs are grown in the greenhouse terrace as well as in beds and raised planters which provide fresh food to the Living Kitchen on the top floor. These home-grown crops from the rooftop garden provide great flavor to the high-quality, weekly changing menu, with organic ingredients purchased from local suppliers where possible.
Facilitating global living and working for the travelling professional, Zoku believes in offering its residents more green spaces in order to better experience the seasons in an urban environment.
Described as a complete ecosystem, Zoku is a truly mixed use building with an urban greenhouse paradise and its series of outdoor micro-roof gardens for respite and relaxation. Guests can enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine on the roof garden, beautifully lit at night, while gazing out over the picturesque Amsterdam skyline.
Owner: Zoku Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive, Test/Research
Size: 5382 sq.ft.
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Original 1960 Building Architect: Arthur Staal
Strategic Vision: AKKA Architects
Architect: Mulderblauw architecten
Interior Architect: Concrete Architectural Associates
Greenroof Design: Concrete Architectural Associates & De Dakdokters
Greenroof & Greenhouse Plant Design, Installation, & Maintenance: HRBS.
Modular Greenroof System: HRBS.
Main Contractor: Kondor Wessels Amsterdam
Steel Construction: Metaalsluis
Greenhouse Box Construction: Maurice Kassenbouw
Thermally Galvanized Steel Manufacturer: Zinkinfo Benelux
Construction: Van Rossum Consulting Engineers BV
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