Treatment plant to urban playground
Dutch architecture firm Arons en Gelauff has won a design competition to adapt a pair of former sewage treatment silos in Amsterdam into a multi-functional cultural complex. The design tops one of the silos with a splashy, open-rooftop playground and wraps it with a green wall. Another silo is topped by a glassed-in restaurant.
It’s an exciting proposal, especially given the former use as a treatment plant. Freshkills Park is an innovative project and all, but it’s not such a big stretch of the imagination to envision the site as a park. We’re grateful to European designers and decision-makers for continuing to blaze the trail of creative adaptive reuse.
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