From Sewage Silo to Climbing Gym
December 10, 2013
What do you do with three abandoned sewage treatment silos?
This question was facing the city of Amsterdam in the Zeeburg district. Why not hold a competition to determine the best adaptive reuse project to see what innovations the architecture firms can come up with?
Among the many submissions, Amsterdam based architecture firm NL Architects proposed to turn the structures into climbing walls. According to inhabitat.com NL Architects “proposed to transform the silos into an incredible set of climbing towers. In addition to the climbing areas both inside and outside the silos, the project would include multi-purpose areas, offices, restaurants and other commercial spaces.”
The winning proposal came from Arons en Gelauff architects and their Annie MG Schmidt House. Annie MG Schmidt (1911-1995) is Holland’s most famous author of childrens books. Arch Daily writes that “The winning plan is a mutifunctional cultural center, housing a wide range of diverse activities, including a spectacular open rooftop playground on one silo, and restaurant Praq op ‘t daq built on the rooftop of the other.”
Image by Arons en Gelauff architects / Pixel Pool