In Amsterdam, a special urban farming project is created. On the 22nd floor (at a height of 77 meters) of the sustainable, luxurious Hotel Amstelkwartier, Havecon is building a greenhouse. This greenhouse will host the vegetables the will be served in the hotel’s restaurant. Hotel Amstelkwartier was designed by Paul de Ruiter Architecten. “It’s an innovative design that will close the four cycles of energy, waste, water and use of resources as much as possible.”
The sustainable greenhouse that is built by Havecon & Partners on the roof of Hotel Amstelkwartier, meets the original idea of the hotel owners: creating a living building where the four cycles of energy, water, waste and resourses are adjusted to each other as well as possible, writes Dutch hortiwebsite Groentennieuws.
This horticultural project in Amsterdam is not unique. Growing vegetables and keeping animals in cities is trending. This trend of urban agriculture is also known as Urban Farming. The beginning of 2016, a large greenhouse was built on an office building in Den Haag as well.
Reducing light emission and saving energy
Holland Scherming was responsible for developing and mounting the screening installation, that contains several sustainable features. Because of the artificial led lighting that is used to grow the vegetables, light emission should be restricted during the winter months (September till April). To prevent light emission at night, an assimilation screen is installed. Besides that, the installation holds an energy screen as well, to prevent warmth from escaping through the glass roof. At the same time, this climate screen lets enough sunlight into the greenhouse to illuminate the vegetables.