Watersquare Benthemplein is a open air public space featuring a sports arena, theater, and also a way to recycle water.

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.

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