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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Park 20|20

Cradle-to-cradle green

Located in a Dutch polder – land reclaimed from the sea – a new model of circular development that implements the Cradle to Cradle philosophy.


🏢Building Details

  • Mixed-use, community-scale master plan: 114,000 sq m

  • Development status: 2010 – ongoing

  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award 2010

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architects & Engineers


  • World’s first Cradle to Cradle™ optimised working environment: built with circular economy thinking and the idea that waste does not exist in nature – but rather, always has an energy function

  • Designed for disassembly: all buildings can be disassembled after use, with all materials having their own passports – materials retain value + can be deployed again

  • Entire park fully heated + cooled with a single sustainable powerplant: innovative mix of solar, wind, geothermal heat + gravitation energy

  • 90% reduction in water use via solar-powered grey-water treatment facility: no chemicals used

  • Each building’s size + massing is optimised for solar orientation so that exterior green spaces and building interiors are flooded with daylight

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Abundant outdoors: 9 hectares of green zones, urban plazas, public gardens + canal boardwalks encourage a connection to the larger community

  • Urban farming: organic products grown and harvested in community gardens equipped with greenhouses

  • Sound masking: innovative technologies for pleasant acoustics enhance open spaces where lots of people work together

  • Indoor green walls with moss office partitions + green roofs improve air, thermal + acoustic quality

  • Athletic + fitness facilities including on-site cycling trails

🎈Bonus feature

The development has multiple economic achievements – including 18% reduction in initial construction costs, 70-80% uplift in rental value, and 23% return on the sale of the first development phase. Proof of the ‘Triple Top Line’ = social equity + ecology + economy.

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