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VVE BLUELAND, AMSTERDAMModular zoo on a roof in Amsterdam

The residents of VvE Blueland struggled with heat issues on the top floor of their building in Amsterdam and hence considered placing airconditioning. The alternative of a green roof was considered to be a more sustainable and valuable alternative. With a limited construction load capacity of 230kg/m2, options were constrained.

Together with our partners, we developed a modular green roof with plants and trees. Within a week, the gravel on the roof was removed and replaced by 2.321 plant crates and 7 of our innovative Urban Trees. The roof now functions as a cavity, offering isolation for the residents on the top floor. The modular plant crates buffer 35.000 liters of rainwater. The 10.000 plants and 7 trees offer shade and evaporation for cooling down the city, and last but not least, a home for biodiversity in downtown Amsterdam.

Planning for a jungle? Get in touch.

Project specifications

  • Project name: VvE Blueland
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • Client: VvE Blueland
  • Realisation completed: 2022
  • Design: The Urban Jungle Project
  • Execution: The Urban Jungle Project, Kroeze Hoveniers, Nationale Bomenbank
  • Maintenance:The Urban Jungle Project
  • Partners: Ebben Tree Nursery (plants), Kepser (frames), Mastop Totaaltechniek (irrigation)
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