Rotterdam-based office for urban research and design, De Urbanisten, realized the world’s first water square with a sports pitch, theater, play space and green areas. Watersquare Benthemplein is a public space with basins that collect rainwater.
Rather than keep tanks and canal systems hidden from view, the square has been designed to make the water excitingly visible. Two undeep basins receive water whenever it rains, while a deeper one receives it only during heavy and consistent rainfall.
The space is gently defined and subdivided by high grass areas, colorful flowers and large trees. There are decorative detours around the square and all of the spaces that can flood are painted in shades of blue, while the large gutters that transport water are stainless steel.
Images: De Urbanisten