The Green Cape Rotterdam, NL

year: 2017
size: 1 - 10 ha
type: urban design
client: Stebru Transformation
with: Deltavormgroep
De Groene Kaap (The Green Cape) is a new, to be built apartment block at Katendrecht, a beautiful sparkling spot in the city of Rotterdam. In the second half of 2017, the construction of De Groene Kaap will be started. De Groene Kaap promises public gardens, interconnected and therefore a true rooftop landscape.

1. 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, parklike setting.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Harbor panorama. Halfway on the route over the rooftop landscape, right at the highest point, there is a pleasant surprise: a beautiful view over the Maashaven, one of the old harbors of Rotterdam. This public panorama view is made possible by a bridge between two blocks. The bridge itself has got a glass railing and a bench to sit on and enjoy the view.
Historical Katendrecht Rotterdam
De Groene Kaap green network
De Groene Kaap slow network
De Groene Kaap (image Massa Architects)
De Groene Kaap roof (image by Massa Architects)
De Groene Kaap view
De Groene Kaap concept
De Groene Kaap fauna
De Groene Kaap views
De Groene Kaap route
Historical Katendrecht Rotterdam
Historical Katendrecht Rotterdam