The Green Cape

Rotterdam, NL

type rooftop landscape, courtyards
design 2017-2018
size < 1ha
client Stebru Transformation
i.c.w. Deltavormgroep

De Groene Kaap (The Green Cape) is currently built at Katendrecht, a thriving spot in the city of Rotterdam. With interconnected public gardens, starting from the ground upwards the apartment complex will have a true rooftop landscape.

Urban connection

The rooftop landscape connects as much as possible to the slow networks of the city. De Groene Kaap brings wider variety of green areas to Katendrecht and brings residents and visitors together in a relaxed, park like setting.

The Natural Cape
In the urban environment of Katendrecht, De Groene Kaap will become an unexpected natural place. Not only for people, but also for the sparrows, bees and hedgehogs: a destination for animals and plants. This is our nature-inclusive approach to the built environment.


The Belt
The rooftop landscape of De Groene Kaap starts on ground level and gradually rises to a rooftop level. The the main route is circular and guided by a continuous metal line integrated in the pavement. The metal line also serves as a bench and play object.


Harbor panorama.
Halfway the route at the highest point, there is a pleasant surprise: a beautiful view over the Maashaven, one of the old harbors of Rotterdam.

The green network of Rotterdam

The slow network of Rotterdam

Design of the roofscape

Natural facade