The integration and celebration of nature plays a central role in the design. Its presence re-energises Sloterdijk, creates a pleasant, healthy living environment for tenants, accommodates a large diversity of flora and fauna, and functions as an integral space for water storage.
Brettenbuurt is composed of five mini-neighbourhoods that are connected via green, shared outdoor spaces. Each unit composed of a different type of home, residents are free to move to a different part of the building as their living requirements change. A shell-state plinth on the ground floor whose infill is determined by residents and (local entrepreneurs) further contributes to the liveliness of the building and the streets below.
By closing energy, material and water loops and employing the latest sustainable technologies, Brettenbuurt is not just self-sufficient but actually generates energy. The building is composed of sustainable, reusable materials and its residents understand and value the role they play in this circular community.
The tripartite composition of Brettenbuurt — an industrial plinth, one urban and one more rustic tower — allows it to act as a connection point between the various surrounding areas. Taken as a whole, this structure contributes to the creation of a resilient, thriving neighbourhood.