Park x park
amsterdam

clean rainwater disposal is a thing of the past.

Urban densification and the changing climate makes us realize that we need to design cities smarter. In resilient cities, water is recognized as a resource and not seen as a burden. We make rainwater part of the solution by giving it a place in the city and building with it. This way we minimize nuisance and create healthy greenery, cooling terraces and grow fresh vegetables & herbs in our gardens and on roofs.

A thousand years ago, the Marineterrein in Amsterdam consisted mostly of water. 'Amsterdam,' as it would later be called, began with a settlement near the Amstel River. Water was of great importance here; for crops, for livestock and therefore for people. Centuries later, people found an important source of income in water and seafaring, and the city grew into an important port. Shipyards established themselves and warships were supplied from 'Lands Zeemagazijn, today's Maritime Museum. In the seventeenth century, it was perfectly normal to collect rainwater. Thus, rainwater went through the roof of the building through a system of pipes to reservoirs under the courtyard, where today you find the cellar and toilets. Thus, sailors could carry many tons of water on board for months of sea voyages. Water and the city are still inseparable. Thus, we show how we can use rainwater consciously even today. Under both Park x Park surfaces, rainwater is directly stored and reused. Under the garden, we collect water so that the herbs planted by the Maritime Museum can grow well. Under the second plane, we use the stored rainwater to cool the artificial grass and demonstrate that we can build endlessly on water.

Foundations laid in youth

endure with age

How plants and vegetables grow is best learned in a real environment, and for that reason the Maritime Museum and Rainup are bringing the Park x Park project to school! Not only do vegetables and herbs from our own garden taste best, we are teaching children about how nature works and that here everything is connected. This is why we are donating ten rainwater saving vegetable gardens to various elementary schools in Amsterdam at the start of this project!

cooling artificial grass terrace

the terrace

Water level
23
mm /
265,7
Liter
Soil moisture
81,76
%
Soil temperature
22,79
°

Last observation:

27-6-2023 15:45:24

Water level
18
mm /
208
Liter
Soil moisture
100
%
Soil temperature
7,14
°

Last observation:

4-4-2024 18:05:00

water-storing herb garden

the herb garden

Water level
21
mm /
254,1
Liter
Soil moisture
55,6
%
Soil temperature
20,48
°

Last observation:

27-6-2023 15:45:24

Water level
77
mm /
924
Liter
Soil moisture
38
%
Soil temperature
12
°

Last observation:

4-4-2024 18:05:00

water connects worlds

The Maritime Museum

Originating from the museum's mission to create connections out of passion for and historical relationship with "water," we highlight challenges regarding the changing climate. We minimize our ecological impact and give back to the earth through participating in sustainable actions and initiatives and achieving awareness in the world around us.

Build, play, grow,
walk on water

Rainup

Globally, cities face major climate change challenges. Rainwater is an essential resource and plays an important role in achieving resilient, healthy cities. Discarding rainwater is a thing of the past. Together with technology partners in the world of water management, Rainup is developing products that let you build your home with water, from roof to garden.

Building with rainwater at the Marine Park

Water retaining foundation made of 100% recycled material

Capillary irrigation system for rainwater reuse

Capillary textile for even distribution of water

Per square meter we store 60 liters of rainwater

We (re)build on valuable rainwater

on existing pavement or a new area to be landscaped

Sensor technology calculates current water level

BlueLay and sand infill enables cooling artificial turf

Two planes built with water, for a healthier city

With fresh herbs for the shipping museum!

Together we are committed to sustainable water management

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