The former Citroën Building (‘The Garage’) next to the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam is an urban icon, designed according to the ‘laws of the New Objectivity. The building has been given a new use with work and recreational facilities. The characteristic access ramp now is a connecting element between the floors in the new design by Rijnboutt architects. It leads the visitors to the roof of the building where OKRA has designed a green oasis, a sheltered spot with a view of the Olympic Stadium and the Zuidas business district.
With abundant planting and concentration areas, but also larger spaces to have meetings and drinks, the new roof garden is an inviting refuge for a wide range of users: from lessees who use the roof garden as a space for breaks and meetings to visitors who can enter the roof garden via the ramp. It includes a seat with various potential uses centrally placed in the public area.
Active roof landscape
As new businesses move into the building and stores and restaurants open their doors, people on the roof can enjoy a green environment according to the seasons. People can sniff the scent of the first spring blossoms, eat lunch outdoors from the first days of spring and enjoy the waving decorative grasses in winter.