De Groene Kaap
Nature is the future of living in the city. What is more beautiful than waking up to the sound of the blackbird’s song or seeing a hedgehog shuffling through the garden looking for worms? De Groene Kaap is a nature-inclusive stepping stone in the urban nature network of Rotterdam.
With 450 homes spread across four residential blocks and five towers, the Katendrecht neighbourhood of Rotterdam residential complex is interconnected by a green network. Focused on creating a nature-based city, LOLA Landscape Architects designed a series of courtyards and roof landscape gardens that are thriving habitats for people, animals, and plants. LOLA’s approach to the built environment is centered around creating a nature-based city.
Natural cape bringing people together
The inclusion of a wider variety of green areas in De Groene Kaap creates a relaxed, park-like environment that residents and visitors can enjoy. The building facades are adorned with climbing plants, giving them a natural and inviting feel—the courtyard facade houses 50 nesting boxes, which provides an inviting environment for biodiversity. Planters are strategically placed between the individual terraces to offer privacy, while the courtyard plant areas brings the community closer together.
The rooftop landscape of De Groene Kaap begins at ground level and gradually ascends to its highest viewpoint. A continuous walking route, guided by a metal line, loops through and over all four blocks. The blue metal line serves as a pathway and doubles as a bench and playful furniture, enhancing the overall experience of residents and visitors alike.