Netherlands Use Nearby Waterways To Cool Buildings
The new Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building uses water surrounding the site to regulate indoor temperature.
Designed by architectural firm DP6, the new Control Building Volkerak Locks has a ground floor roof covered in grass, a structural design that allows for plenty of airflow, and a heat pump system that helps regulate the indoor temperature.
The building was designed for the Rijkswaterstaat DI, Netherlands’s government agency responsible for water management and public works.
The building is located in a vast landscape of water and grass. The design of the building has an angular and slanted look to it. The grass roof of the ground floor offices serves as a natural insulator for the building. The upper stories are made from timber and glass, which provides the people inside with an unobstructed view of the landscape and the water locks.